The State Bar's Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program is an informal, confidential, and lower-cost forum for resolving fee disputes between lawyers and their clients. This kind of arbitration is required for a lawyer if requested by a client. For more information or assistance, call the State Bar Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program at 415-538-2020
Can an attorney refuse to arbitrate a disputed fee?
If you choose to arbitrate, the attorney must do so in most cases. Exceptions include these situations: