Honestly, believe it or not, this does not seem "that" stretched. Legal work takes a lot more than people see, and attorneys can spend hours drafting documents, looking up law, and cross checking facts.
I am not defending them. I am simply stating this.
So what can one do once one feels that the bill is too much? First, call the county bar's FEE DISPUTE department. Most county bar associations have one, such as here
for the City of Chicago.
Then, the attorney can choose to participate and have a hearing where the price might be reduced.
Alternatively, one can file a complaint with the state bar, which is generally done only in cases where the attorney/client relationship is already broken and there is no other feasible way to bring this to the bar's attention.
Of course, the best way is to negotiate a decrease, which some attorneys are willing to do.
Best of luck.
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