When you need legal help or representation, you turn to a lawyer. But who do you turn to when that lawyer, who you trusted to represent and defend you, slaps you with massive lawyer fees? Legal Bills Ontario is your solution. We offer assessment services to both individuals and companies who believe that they have been overcharged by their legal council.
In many instances, lawyers have taken advantage of the fact that their clients have agreed to pay them on the basis of an hourly rate. However just because a client agrees to these terms does not relieve the lawyer from his/her obligation to explain and fully document each charge.
Contact us to learn how we can help you when you receive a legal bill that seems too high for the services you were given. We’ve helped people from across the province save money on lawyer fees by securing substantial refunds!
For many years Legal Bills Ontario have been helping clients all over the province determine whether or not their lawyer fees were fair and reasonable while having someone represent them. We can help you determine whether or not it’s necessary for you to challenge the account rendered by your lawyer.
We understand that any legal dealings can be physically and emotionally stressful and believe the last thing you need is surprise charges from your representation. We at Legal Bills Ontario have helped many clients obtain substantial refunds of legal fees from their lawyers resulting in many happy endings and relieved clients.
The best part about what we do is that we review your bill for free. We also make it as quick and easy as possible for you to do. Simply provide your contact information, upload your legal bill(s) and we’ll review it for free. After we review your lawyer fees, we’ll contact you with our opinion on whether or not we believe we can get you a refund.
Based on the bill you have received from your lawyer we can help you determine whether or not they have charged you fairly. We’ll base this on the type of case you were involved in, the amount of time and work which the lawyer had put in to help you in your case. We will also go over the lawyer fees to make sure that they are reasonable and fairly charged.
If we assess that you have in fact been overcharged on lawyer fees, we will help you determine which steps you should proceed to take to challenge the bill and charges from your council. We assess the bill using a process offered to us by the Province of Ontario.
If you believe that you have been overcharged by your lawyer there are a few steps you can take to address any concerns about your legal bill.
First things first, the lawyer must provide you with a bill which shows a lump sum for fees. These fees are either based on an agreed hourly rate, or a flat rate and should also include a breakdown of disbursements. Disbursements are expenses which have been paid by either your paralegal or lawyer on your behalf to other parties. These parties will have been those who provided services in support of your case along with other items such as faxes and photocopies. These should all be broken down and accounted for on your invoice provided by your lawyer.
Once you have received your bill you have two options. The first option is to discuss the bill with either your lawyer or paralegal who represented you and explain to them that you believe they have over charged or wrongfully charged you. The second option differs depending on what professional represented you, either a lawyer or a paralegal.
The lawyer or paralegal should be able to explain exactly what your representative did in regards to your case and how long it took them to do so. If you express your concerns about the amount of your bill and explain your reasonings then your lawyer may be willing to reduce it. However, if they refuse then you will need to file away for an assessment of your bill which is where we can help you.
If you hired a paralegal as your legal representation and are unable to reach a compromise about the price, you may take the bill and contact the Small Claims Court. However, there are certain compliances when it comes to Small Claims Court. They can only handle claims of either $25,000 or less. If the lawyer fees are higher than this you will not be able to file a claim.
If you contact your paralegal or lawyer and they are unwilling to adjust the price, we can help you. We’ll properly assess your lawyer fees and begin the process of finding you justice, again.
Always Discuss Costs
The first question to ask them is how much money does it usually cost to resolve a case such as yours? You should also ask them to disclose any issues which may arise in your case that will result in extra or lower legal fees. This will help prevent any misconceptions as to cost when it comes to resolving your bill.
Ask For A Short Term Budget Outline
The second question you should be asking them is if they could give you a budget outline that shows any legal fees and costs you can expect to acquire in your case over the next 6 months? This will show you what to expect and prevent any hidden surprises once your case has been settled and you receive your bill.
Ask About The Research Put In
The last thing to ask an attorney before you hire them to represent you is about the legal research they’ll have to perform in order for them to win your case and what the charges will be for it. You can also ask how their legal research will benefit your case so that you can gauge whether or not it’s worth the money.
No one deserves unexpected surprises on their bills, especially after going through a legal proceeding. If you feel as though you’re lawyer has unfairly charged you, please feel free to contact us and we can begin a free review of your bill.
Hopefully after this dilemma you will never require the help of the attorney again. However, accidents do happen and sometimes they require legal action. To prevent the same ordeal of surprise charges, here are few questions you should always ask your lawyer or paralegal before allowing them to represent you.