Attorney-Client Relations/Fee Arbitration Program

Fee arbitration gives a client the opportunity to resolve a fee dispute with his or her attorney efficiently, and without the necessity and expense of hiring a second attorney.  The VCBA Fee Arbitration Program will appoint a neutral arbitrator to decide the appropriate amount of attorney’s fees for professional services.  Fee arbitration is mandatory for the lawyer if the client elects to have the dispute resolved through the fee arbitration program.

The Ventura County Bar Association is not authorized to discipline attorneys. If you believe your attorney has committed malpractice or professional misconduct and you wish to file a formal complaint with the State Bar of California, call (800) 843-9053, or visit the State Bar website at www.calbar.ca.gov . You may also submit the following complaint form.

FEE ARBITRATION FORMS AND RULES

If your attorney has provided you with written NOTICE OF CLIENT’S RIGHT TO ARBITRATE, you have 30 days from the date you received it to file a request for arbitration on the forms provided below.

Your Request for Arbitration on the approved form must be submitted to our office within 30 days from receipt of the notice from your attorney.  The form must be completely filled out and any filing fee included. Failure to properly file may constitute a waiver of your right to request or maintain arbitration. A telephone call or a letter will not protect that right.  HAND DELIVERIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.    Your Request  or Response must be sent via U.S. Mail.

FEE ARBITRATION FORMS AND RULES
(For the Client)

HOW THE MANDATORY  FEE ARBITRATION PROGRAM WORKS –

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FEE ARBITRATION FORMS
(For the Attorney)

FEE ARBITRATION INFORMATION/FORMS
(For Fee Arbitrators)