Common QuestionsMy lawyer’s bill is too high
No rule controls how much lawyers can charge or how they can bill you – the market decides these things. Lawyers usually bill you in one of four ways: fixed fee, hourly rate, contingency fee, or lump sum. If you have a problem with your lawyer's bill, discuss it with the lawyer. Most lawyers want to clear up any misunderstanding over fees. If you can't solve the problem, you have two choices:
- You can ask a registrar of the BC Supreme Court to review the bill.
- You can also use the Law Society's Fee Mediation service.
Good starting points include:
- Lawyers’ Fees, from the Canadian Bar Association BC Branch, explains how lawyers bill, how you can keep the costs down, and what you can do if you disagree with the lawyer's bill.
- Complaints about Lawyers' Fees: Fee Mediation Program, from the Law Society of BC, is an informal process for dealing with fee disputes without having to go to court.
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