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Maryland attorney is disbarred for excessive billing

(1) An attorney’s fees must be reasonable. It usually should not exceed the amount in controversy; and (2) When an attorney commits a mistake, you should not be billed for the time and effort that it takes the attorney to correct the mistake. In other words, a client should not be charged for the attorney’s defective work or for the amount of time that it takes the attorney to correct his or her defective work.

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Court of Special Appeals’ unreported decision vacating a dismissal of a legal malpractice complaint on the grounds that the allegations in the complaint raise a question of fact as to whether the statute of limitations was tolled.

Natashia Woods, had the misfortune of retaining the one attorney in all of Maryland who had the motivation to conceal from her the fact that her 1986 lead paint case against the same landlord had been settled by Mr. Kerpelman for the inadequate amount of $1,000.

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