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Is it required that a written representation agreement or fee agreement be signed by a client when they work with a lawyer?

Lawyer's Assistant: Because employment law varies from place to place, can you tell me what state this is in?

Minnesota

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

I received a summons from a lawyer I was working with for an outstanding bill of $33,500. I have paid him $38000 to this point and my case was not won. I did not sign an agreement or contract when I started working with him.

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

How should I respond to the summons

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
I'm not sure. My case was not won, the process was dragged out over almost 3 years and I was never told how much the lawyer's time cost but was given a breakdown of charges for work carried out.
Lawyer: INFOLAWYER, Attorney replied 7 months ago
You can answer and deny the claims. You can raise in defense the absence of a signed agreement, charges and hours not identified. Often the court will mediate this issue which leads to a compromise for a reduced amount.
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Thank you
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