What if your legal bill turns out to be unreasonably high? Many bar associations offer a program called "fee arbitration," in which the lawyer and client appear before an independent panel to present their sides of the story. The panel then dictates a reasonable fee for the work performed to settle the dispute quickly so you can get back to work. For more information, contact the ethics office of your local bar association.
Steven C. Bahls, dean of Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, teaches entrepreneurship law. Freelance writer Jane Easter Bahls specializes in business and legal topics.