Is a lawyer required to provide a copy of a clients’ billing record if the client requests it?

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Is a lawyer required to provide a copy of a clients’ billing record if the client requests it?

My mom’s lawyer wants her to come in to his office so he may explain the bill. Does that sound right? He did some work for her a few years ago concerning her late husbands probate. We don’t think she kept all the bills, so we, and she, wanted a copy of the billing records.

Asked on May 19, 2012 under Estate Planning, Minnesota

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Yes indeed the lawyer is required to do so.  I would highly doubt that this issue differs from state to state in any meaningful way.  A client is always enetitled to a detailed bill of the work done and the charges to the client.  He may still want to explain it to her but that has nothing to do with the bill.  Good luck.


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