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My lawyer charged me more than I feel is reasonable. Can I challenge their fee?

I paid a retainer up front. For her first two invoices, the lawyer provided detailed descriptions of her work and time spent. At that point there was $1,500 left in the retainer. Then (for other reasons) I stopped the engagement. The lawyer sent an invoice for the remaining amount, with no itemized description. I’m not aware of any further work she did on the file.

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