Unless you have a contingency fee agreement, you will probably be billed monthly. If you are paying an hourly fee, you may want the lawyer to get your permission before spending more than a certain amount of time on your case. You have a right to get itemized bills that show how the lawyer has spent time on your case, and to get an itemized list of expenses such as photocopying, telephone calls and travel costs. Depending on the laws in your state, a lawyer may need to provide an itemized bill within a certain number of days after you request it.
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