IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU ACT PROMPTLY TO REDUCE HIGH LAWYER BILL LEGALLY. HAVE IT COURT ASSESSED .
Generally, you must file a complaint within 30 days of receiving the lawyer's bill.
These deadlines start from when you received the complete bill in question. You may be required to prove when you did in fact receive it. Keep the envelope it came in (if you still have it) as it has the postal cancellation stamp.
A lawyer is entitled to keep your file
until you pay your bill in full.
The way to avoid this problem is to demand copies of all court documents and correspondence as you go.
"One personally regrets having so many reasons
for not being able to respect you." Anon
Fight a Bill? It can be tough , but if you get the lawyer's bill reduced that is your money, back in your pocket. Do not toss your lawyer's bill in a drawer.
If the bill is too high, you must register your complaint within 30 days.
SECOND: CONTACT YOUR LOCAL ASSESSMENT OFFICE TO HAVE YOUR BILL REVIEWED & ASSESSED
Contact your Calgary court office Phone: 403-297-3862 to find out how to start and assessment review and hearing of your lawyer's bill. It just takes a bit of effort by you. The old term for bill assessment was tax a bill which made no sense to anyone but lawyers.
Calgary Courts Centre Phone: 403-297-3862
Suite 705-N, 601 - 5th St. SW, Calgary, T2P 5P7
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:15-4:00
The Assessment Officer who reviews a lawyer's bill is usually an official of the Calgary, Alberta Court.
You probably should make an appointment to have the bill assessed as a precaution while you are negotiating with the lawyer.
Try to ascertain what the charges are for and if they seem reasonable. Do not allow this to consume too much time.
If your lawyer refuses to adjust her bill, you can seek to have the amount assessed by a Court Assessment Officer.
In Ontario if you apply for the assessment within one month of delivery of the lawyer's bill the assessment is automatic.
Delays may weaken your position and make it appear you just are trying to get out of paying a legitimate bill. In addition, obtaining a judge's order could be costly and the judge may refuse your request for an assessment. and order you to pay some court costs.
If you delay longer then the month, you will be required to seek either the lawyer's consent to the assessment or a judge's order. Obtaining the judge's order may require you to retain yet another lawyer, although it is possible to represent yourself.