Thank you for your reply, friend.
1) If you and he had not discussed a quote, then he is expected to bill a reasonable
rate. This can be anything from $75 to $250, depending on his expertise, his time spent, the matter at hand, etc. If he simply chose a rate and went with it, one which you disagree, then the next step is to have the fee dispute like discussed. Under Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5 (Fees), it states:
"When the lawyer has regularly represented a client, they ordinarily will have evolved an
understanding concerning the basis or rate of the fee. In a new client-lawyer relationship, however, an
understanding as to the fee should be promptly established. It is not necessary to recite all the factors that
underlie the basis of the fee, but only those that are directly involved in its computation. It is sufficient, for
example, to state that the basic rate is an hourly charge or a fixed amount or an estimated amount, or to
identify the factors that may be taken into account in finally fixing the fee. When developments occur during
that render an earlier estimate substantially inaccurate, a revised estimate should be
provided to the client. A written statement concerning the fee reduces the possibility of misunderstanding.
Furnishing the client with a simple memorandum or a copy of the lawyer’s customary fee schedule is
sufficient if the basis or rate of the fee is set forth."
Because he has failed to establish an understanding as he was supposed to, he may be 'punished' in that the fee may be deemed less than usual for a case like this due to his inaction, by the Bar.How can I just get him to stop and give me a qoute BEFORE he goes further?
A letter to him will do, one that states to do just this. Something along the lines of:Dear _________,
This correspondence is in regards XXXXX XXXXX At this point, I am requesting that you pause representation until you and I can discuss and agree on a fee in writing, as required by the PA Rules of Professional Conduct Rule 1.5. Please let me know when we can have this discussion. I may be reached at any time at (tel).
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