If you have a legal bill that seems too high for the work that was done on your behalf, did you know that you have an option to possibly get it reduced? This process is unique to the legal profession and is set out in the Alberta Rules of Court. The review process applies not only to a legal bill and disbursements but also applies to retainer agreements. Find out more information in this publication provided by the Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre.
The following resources deal with complaints about the behavior of a lawyer and how to get a lawyer’s fee or charge reviewed to see if it can be reduced or dismissed.
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The Law Society of Alberta provides a process to resolve complaints regarding a lawyer’s ethical conduct. This service is available to clients, judges, lawyers, financial institutions, business creditors, the general public and through internal referrals by the Executive Director of the Law Society of Alberta. The complaints process is initiated when a lawyer’s actions may have breached the Code of Professional Conduct that governs how lawyers are to conduct themselves in their practice. Visit this website to read Complaint and Inquiry Guidelines.
Get a lawyer’s fee or charge reviewed to see if it can be reduced or dismissed. Use this service to have a Notice of Appointment for Review document prepared, filed and served to your lawyer.
This section of the Legal Aid Alberta website provides information about working with your lawyer and a Client Feedback Form which explains how to make a complaint about the services received through Legal Aid.