The Utah State Bar maintains a Fee Dispute Committee for the
purpose of providing a procedure to resolve fee disputes between
clients and their attorneys practicing in the State of Utah.
Proceedings before the Committee are started upon receipt of a verified
petition seeking to arbitrate or mediate a dispute regarding the attorney's
The petition must be signed by the attorney and client. The petition
is forwarded to the attorney who must file a verified answer
within ten days. When the Committee has on file the petition and
answer, the Chairperson or his designee shall appoint a panel
to conduct a hearing on the matter. If the amount in controversy
is more than $3,000.00 the hearing shall be conducted by a three person
panel consisting of one lawyer, one Utah State or Federal Judge
non-lawyer. If the amount in controversy is less than $3,000.00,
the hearing shall be conducted by one lawyer.
Participation in the fee dispute program is voluntary;
therefore, the Utah State Bar can not make an attorney or a client
participate or submit to binding arbitration. We will, however,
to the best of our ability, encourage your attorney or client to be
involved. Please note that if you and the Respondent enter into
binding arbitration, there will be a $10.00 filing fee due before
the proceeding can be scheduled. Information about the filing fee
will be sent to you if the Respondent has signed a binding agreement
to arbitrate. The decision will be final unless successfully appealed
in a timely manner under the very narrow exceptions under Rule 5 (G).
In order to proceed with the fee dispute process, you must first
sign and return the Fee Dispute Petition Form and the Fee Dispute
Agreement Form. These forms must be notarized
prior to returning them to our office. If you mark your envelope
personal and confidential, this will insure that
only the Fee Dispute Department will receive your claim and that
it will be kept absolutely confidential until resolution. Please return
the forms to:
Utah State Bar Fee Dispute
ATTN: Christine Critchley
645 South 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
For more information you can contact the staff member indicated
in the Staff Directory or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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