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I will try and help. The short answer here is that it seems that you sent and attorney a trust document and some email, and he/she spent somewhere less than an hour looking these things over in order to answer a question you had. I say less than an hour, because most California attorneys I know charge between $300 and $450 and hour for their services. Since was less than $1,000, your agreement did not need to be in writing. Based on that, such an invoice would seem legitimate and appropriate. When you say this is not what you were expecting, it would seem unrealistic for you to expect this attorney to review your matter for free.
You do not need to be nervous about dealing with attorneys. You are dealing with one now!! We try to provide the best service we can. Since you have not received a reply, contact this attorney again and leave a message with your specific concerns about his/her invoice. An attorney is not going to try and screw you for $122.
I hope this helps.
I think asking each time if you are going to be charged would be cumbersome. What I would do is send him a letter and express your concerns and ask for a breakdown of what he is going to charge you for and what he won't. Then you have something in writing if a dispute erupts later.
Most lawyers would be happy to outline this for you to avoid disputes.