One of the benefits of a written retainer agreement or engagement letter is that you can see on the lawyer’s bill what you were charged for and if you were charged according to the terms of the agreement.
If you have a question about your bill, talk to your lawyer. Many times, errors and misunderstandings can be easily corrected. Even if a genuine dispute remains, some lawyers may be willing to make an adjustment agreeable to both parties. The worst thing you can do is ignore
the bill, because then your bill could end up in collection, costing you time and money.
Many agreements require that fee disputes be resolved through arbitration. Arbitration is less formal and less expensive than filing a lawsuit.