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Arbitration programs resolve fee grievances between attorneys and clients

Posted By Administration, Wednesday, July 2, 2014

When Mary (not her real name) got into a dispute with her former lawyer over his bill for representing her in a suit against her condo association, she felt stuck, unable to afford to hire another attorney to fight it.

But things began to look up when she participated in the State Bar’s Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program, one of a number of programs in the state that resolve the most common complaint clients have about their attorneys: their fees and costs.

Twenty-nine counties in the state have mandatory fee arbitration programs. Some have more than one. In all, there are 36 mandatory fee arbitration programs in California including the one run by the State Bar, which steps in whenever there’s a conflict or if the county where the dispute originated doesn’t offer fee arbitration.

Read more via Cal Bar Journal

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