Legal Fee Dispute Information

Helping clients and lawyers resolve differences concerning legal fees

Fee Dispute Information - In order to assist clients and attorneys who have a dispute over legal fees, the Butler County Bar Association has a Fee Dispute Committee. All committee attorneys are members of the Butler County Bar Association who have volunteered to serve without compensation in assisting members of the public and member attorneys to fairly and promptly resolve their fee dispute with Butler County Bar Association Members. However, this is a voluntary process. If the responding party does not agree to participate, the Committee will close the case. The Fee Disputes Committee does not have any legal authority to require a responding party to participate in this program. If the responding party does not agree to participate, you may wish to pursue your remedies at law. 
 
A client or attorney may initiate a request for legal fee dispute committee consideration by submitting the Client Fee Dispute Form (below) and mailing to: 
 
The Butler County Bar Association
Attn: Fee Dispute
240 South Main Street
Butler, PA 16001

No phone calls.  No electronic submissions. 

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Attorney Complaint form fill-in.pdf 88 KB

Attorney Disciplinary Process

The Butler County Bar Association does NOT handle attorney discipline complaints or matters of professional conduct and ethics. Under the Constitution of Pennsylvania, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has exclusive jurisdiction to oversee the conduct of lawyers. The Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania receives and investigates complaints.

Complaints - The Butler County Bar Association is a non-sanctioning body, and therefore is unable to discipline any attorney. We do suggest that you consider meeting with the attorney to resolve any concern or issues that may arise.
 
And remember, under no circumstances should you feel it necessary to continue to be represented by an attorney who you are dissatified with. Don't act hastily, however.  Often a conference with the attorney may ease your concerns. It is always your choice about which lawyer you hire and want to represent you. Please do remember that a dismissed attorney may be entitled to a fee for services actually rendered.
 
Should you decide to discontinue using your attorney, that attorney has certain obligations and duties to you such as returning all documents and papers in possession, filing the necessary withdrawal stipulations with the court and helping your new attorney become familiar with the case.