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Shutterbug 04-17-2010 07:55 PM

Is this considered Fraud
I have a question and hoping someone here that is familiar with different aspects of fraud would be able to answer.

Would it be considered fraudulent if a law firm states in a retainer agreement that they will be charging their client a lower fee but will be seeking a higher fee against opposing party. This is what it states in retainer agreement:

"It is understood that Attorney has adjusted the above rates to be significantly lower than normally charged in order to enable Client to obtain needed legal services; however, Attorney intends on seeking full rates during the proceedings against opposing parties."

I've talked with one attorney when seeking second opinion regarding why I hired this prior legal representation and he informed me that they can't seek a higher rate than what was originally agreed upon and if they do that this would be considered fraud. Is this true? That it would be considered fraud if they attempted to go after opposing party for a higher amount than what is stated in retainer agreement?

Shutterbug 04-17-2010 07:59 PM

Oh, and also I've already made a state bar complaint regarding this and possible fraud or intent to defraud but I have not heard anything back because they are still investigating and they haven't informed me yet if this is fraudulent or not.

supershine 04-18-2010 07:17 PM

Well i guess, for me.. if i were to engage on some deals like that, i wont pursuit if there's something questionable.. If i feel like its fraud, ill stop..

c0stanton 05-08-2010 10:10 PM

well, if you can't afford to pay him his full rate, and he is going to win a settlement for you, he may just mean that you pay him what you can afford upfront, and then when you get the settlement you pay him the remainder?

cruzer_rock 09-26-2010 06:37 AM

i will stop

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chouhan 12-21-2011 10:06 AM

I think it's a fraud.

Sandra17 11-04-2012 01:32 PM

I also think it's fraud!

Jecol 06-28-2013 04:50 AM

Most of us thinks that is a fraud.

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