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I am sorry to hear about this situation. What someone in your situation wants to do is to possibly initiate a fee dispute with the attorney. See HERE. This is a voluntary, mediation/arbitration program which allows both the client and the attorney to resolve this matter peacefully without (1) the client filing a grievance and/or (2) without litigation being initiated by either side.
However, before this is even done, it is recommended to contact the attorney directly and to request a meeting to "our over" the billing and see if the discretion can be resolve this way. Despite what television and jokes imply, the vast majority of attorneys care about their reputation, professional standing, and follow ethical regulations; and thus, will work to resolve any such discrepancy fairly and honestly. Likely, this can be resolved without even filing for the fee dispute through the state. If it cannot, chances are that the fee dispute program may prove helpful, then.
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