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There is no way he spent $895.00 worth of time. I would raise the stakes on him if I were you. You should send him a letter by certified, return receipt requested detailing the history and demanding he refund your deposit in full (less the 1/2 hour worth of time). Inform him that if he does not comply with your demands within a short specified period of time, you will have no choice but to: i) file a formal ethics complaint with the state bar association, and ii) file a suit in small claims court to recover your money. That should provide plenty of incentive to comply with your demands; but, if it does not, file your ethics complaint and your suit. In my experience, this letter is all you will need to send because the lawyer will comply rather than risk any sanction from the state bar. If if does not, file your suit! You can file this without a lawyer in small claims court.
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