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My lawyer gave me an estimate of the cost of my divorce and it sounds reasonable. Do I still need a written fee agreement?

My lawyer gave me an estimate of the cost of my divorce and it sounds reasonable. Do I still need a written fee agreement?
Absolutely. Insist upon a written agreement with your attorney. This is essential not only to define the scope of the services for which you have hired your lawyer, but also to ensure that you have clarity about matters such as your attorney’s hourly rate, whether you will be billed for certain costs such as copying, and when you can expect to receive statements on your account.
A clear fee agreement reduces the risk of misunderstandings between you and your lawyer and helps you understand why you were charged certain fees. It supports you both in being clear about your promises to one another so that your focus can be on the legal services being provided rather than on disputes about your fees.

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