The Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program
Unfortunately, many attorneys in private practice will eventually have a fee dispute with a client at some point in the careers. These disputes can often be resolved through the Missouri Bar’s Fee Dispute Resolution Program, which is a voluntary program that allows clients to file complaints about the amounts or reasonableness of legal fees. Although lawyers may not file a complaint with the program, they often suggest it to a client with whom they have a dispute. The program is available in cases involving a dispute of more than $500.
The lawyer and client may choose between mediation and binding arbitration. Both lawyers and non-lawyer professionals who have been trained in ADR volunteer as mediators and arbitrators. The program allows for speedy and confidential resolution of fee disputes.
The Fee Dispute Resolution Program is a free service of the Missouri Bar. There may be a cost, however, if another lawyer or a court reporter is hired.
The program is not available in Kansas City because the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association offers a similar program for that area.
For more information about the program, click here.