Bar Association Fee Disputes in New York
Resolution Solutions by Experienced Attorneys
Oftentimes, clients are overwhelmed by and fail to understand the actual cost of legal representation. Sometimes, clients simply do not want to pay for the services provided. For whatever reason, fee disputes with clients are fairly common. When clients challenge or refuse to pay their legal fees, a fee arbitration is the likely result. There is a fee arbitration system in place to resolve these disputes that does not involve litigation. Our team can help you navigate the arbitration process and help you defend or settle a fee claim. We will work with you to resolve your fee dispute and get you the compensation that you are entitled to. We will provide you with valuable legal advice and guidance throughout the progression of your case.
Basis for Arbitration
Arbitration's can arise from a myriad of situations. They can stem from a simple misunderstanding between the attorney and client as to fees, or can be an attempt by the client to try and avoid paying a legitimate fee earned by the attorney. No matter the cause, mishandling a fee arbitration can result in the loss of all or part of your legal fee.
Regardless of the basis for the fee dispute or the amount involved, our team is experienced in helping lawyers achieve the best possible result in arbitration.
The best way to avoid fee disputes:
In our experience the use of a clear concise written retainer agreement that conforms with all of the legal and ethical requirements is the best defense to a fee arbitration. Such a retainer avoids client confusion over your terms of compensation and can act as your best defense against a client attempting to avoid their responsibility to pay your fee.
Mediation and Arbitration
In the state of New York, most fee disputes between attorneys and their clients are resolved through the mediation and arbitration systems set up by the courts to resolve these disputes efficiently and without litigation. However, the burden is on the lawyer to prove entitlement to the fee claimed. Meeting this burden and maximizing your compensation is what our team will do for you.
Whether you need assistance with defending your collected fee or proving the client owes you additional fees, you may need our help. Our practice is focused exclusively on the representation of attorneys, and we have extensive experience in this area of the law.
We offer confidential consultations to lawyers and law students who are interested in our legal services. Our team can discuss the details of your fee dispute case or other issue with you and work toward reaching a resolution. We are here to guide you and help you.