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I am sorry to hear of this difficult situation.
Have you asked the lawyer why the bill is higher than what was quoted to you?
So why does she say she is charging more now?
But why is the charge more than she first said she would be charging for?
So she did more work than you hired her for and it was not needed or consented to and then she billed for it?Is that it?
I suggest that you send the lawyer a letter. In the letter state that you were shocked to receive the invoice and that she did additional work that was not needed, not consented to and that she had no right to do.
Tell her that you will not pay her for work that she was not retained to do and especially when it was not needed and that you are happy to have a court decide.
Tell her that you will pay what is owing when you get a revised invoice that sets out what is owing based on what she was retained to do and also written confirmation that that is a full and final bill and that nothing else is owing.
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