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is it legal for a lawyer whose client is awarded attorney fees, to increase his/her fees (by increasing hourly rate, or by increasing the number of hours worked on the case) when presenting the invoices to the other party for payment.

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14 hours ago, YAR said:

is it legal for a lawyer whose client is awarded attorney fees, to increase his/her fees (by increasing hourly rate, or by increasing the number of hours worked on the case) when presenting the invoices to the other party for payment.

 

Awards of attorneys' fees happen most frequently (but not exclusively) in contract cases.  The typical procedure is that, after the entry of judgment, the prevailing party makes a motion for attorneys' fees and attaches either a billing statement or (typically redacted) invoices as exhibits.  The other party has an opportunity to oppose the motion (and there is not otherwise any "petition[ing] the court to lower it"), and the court will make a decision how much in fees should be included in the judgment.

 

If you're suggesting that, in connection with such a motion, the attorney has falsified his/her invoices, that's the sort of thing that gets lawyers disbarred if they get caught.

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