Question posted in the General Law category relating to Eastern Cape
I hope you can assist me. I received a summons from our court in Uitenhage from my attorney to claim for legal fees. I want to know if there is a way to dispute this? This took part from 2017 till 2020.
A person collided into me and was held liable for the damaged in the small claims court. This person only paid a few times and neglected to pay any further, thus I involved attorneys to deal with the matter.
In this event, there were back and forth disputes with making payment arrangements btw him and me. Then the person passed away.
The attorneys were struggling to get hold of his ID number to get hold of his death certificate so that i could claim out of his estate, but nothing has come of this.
Now i am kept liable for the legal fees of all this. How can i dispute this and id there a way to dispute this or should i just admit to the costs and arrange a monthly installment?
Angelique Anderson (***BLOCKED-EMAIL-ADDRESS***)
Answer to the Question
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I'm sorry, perhaps I don't understand. On what basis do you want to dispute his/her fees? Did he/she do the work, or not?
What you can do is to ask the attorney to draw up a bill of cost and have it taxed by the Taxing Master. Perhaps that's a first step in order to confirm that the fees are fair and reasonable.
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