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Can I hire a non-lawyer to help me with my California arbitration case?

With the cost of lawyers being exorbitant in most cases, what alternatives are there for people who are willing to pay a reasonable amount for help navigating the process of arbitration? Presumably I ...
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Under which conditions after winning a trial in California you can claim for compensation to cover attorney expenses?

I have been menaced to be brought to court in a case where the other part has largely more resources than I do. I am not worried about the veracity of the claims, but I am worried about being dragged ...
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Why are lawyer referral fees considered “unethical?”

According to this article the Avvo lawyer referral program was ruled unethical. the Avvo website offers an impermissible referral service, in violation of Rules of Professional Conduct 7.2(c) and 7....
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Requirements \ Standards for Attorney Line-item Billing?

Is there a legal standard or requirements for the verbiage (typically a one-liner) for line-items billed by attorneys? For example: 9/11/18: (30-min) Phone call with John Smith regarding speeding ...
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Can attorney fee clause be used without saying prevailing party will be reimbursed the cost?

Can attorney fee clause be used without specifying it is for prevailing party only? I see it is common, but without saying it is only for prevailing party does it mean my Landlord can sue me for any ...
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What happens to lawyers' fees in a split contingency case?

Suppose a client is on a split contingency arrangement, so that the client pays X dollars up front, plus a contingency percentage that's less than the customary 33 1/3%. Suppose that the case goes to ...
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In Canada when can the winning party recover legal and attorney fees?

I'm suspecting to have to take my ex-landlord to court. He's not giving back my damage deposit or prorated rent. Would I be able to get reimbursed for legal fees or attorney fees if I win? Since I had ...
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Illegal to give lawyer a bonus for getting an acquittal?

I recently found out that in Massachusetts it is illegal for a lawyer to accept a bonus for obtaining an acquittal in a criminal case. In other words, if a client says I will pay you an hourly rate ...
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Percentage guidelines for unreasonable vs reasonable attorney's fees?

I'm aware of a provision in the ABA model rules for lawyers starting: A lawyer shall not make an agreement for, charge, or collect an unreasonable fee or an unreasonable amount for expenses. If I ...
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Can one contract a non-lawyer to represent them in court and get the other party pay for fees?

Say I want to sue someone (or I am being sued by someone) but I neither want to hire a lawyer nor represent myself in person (civil case, not criminal). Would I be able to hire, for example, a law ...
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How hard is it to modify a standing order not to take child out of state?

Automatically when a request to change the parenting plan is filed by one parent, the court in Georgia issued an standard order that says, in part, that neither parent will take the minor child out of ...
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Was not given notice of court date, checked months later and had a bench warrant

Several months ago (4-5) I was involved in a major motorcycle accident in which I was rushed to the hospital. I have since recovered, and just so happened to check my court records in which I ...
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Are lawyers allowed to keep charging money after termination?

I was wondering if attorneys are allowed to keep charging money even after termination. The situation is this: a lawyer has been terminated. A new lawyer has been retained and he/she has filed notice ...
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Is an attorney allowed to refuse a detailed bill requested by the client?

I kind of have multiple questions under the scope of lawyer fees. They're about a federal white collar criminal case of this friend of mine. I won't get into details as these are rather general ...
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Charging for time spent before an agreement was signed

This is from the consumer perspective, but I am also interested in hearing the lawyer perspective. You meet with a lawyer about a probate vs. trust matter for a truly small estate (though I suppose ...
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Is there a legal recourse against an attorney who doesn't return unused portion of retainer back to client?

We had retained an attorney to establish guardianship for our son who had just turned 18 but had 'some issues'. However, we (wife and I) changed our minds and decided against pursuing it. The ...
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Illegal to pay attorney more if acquittal is obtained?

I would think that for a criminal defendant, assuming that they have money, it would be in their interest to pay much more for a result of acquittal, than for a conviction. For example, imagine an ...