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Notice of Fee Dispute Obligations


The Business and Professions Code Sections 6200-6206 requires attorneys to arbitrate fee disputes and to provide written notice of the client's right to arbitrate prior to or at the commencement of any proceeding against the client.

As a service to our members, we have attached the required State Bar-approved form in case you should need it. While you may designate any State Bar-approved fee dispute program in the form, we have listed our program for your convenience. You can access the form as a PDF here.

LACBA's fee-dispute mediation and arbitration program allows clients and attorneys to resolve disputes concerning fees and costs charged by the attorney through an informal, low-cost alternative to the court system. Most cases take approximately four to six months to complete. In addition, LACBA provides fee arbitration services for disputes between attorneys and also disputes filed by an attorney against a client.

LACBA administers the process using the Rules for Conduct of Arbitration of Fee Disputes and Other Related Matters. Parties can also choose to mediate the dispute before having their dispute arbitrated if they wish. Mediation is even speedier and less formal than arbitration. For more information, please call (213) 896-6426.

     





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