(2) The court will determine and award reasonable attorney fees in the following manner.
(ii) documentation regarding the time spent by the attorney in representing the client; and
(iii) the attorney's claim concerning her/his hourly fee.
(b) Within 20 days following the service of a claim for attorney fees, any party to the dispute may file an objection to the reasonableness of the fees, specifically identifying the objectionable portions of the claim and stating the reasons for the objection. General allegations to the effect that the award is unreasonable shall not be sufficient.
(c) If an objection is made to the reasonableness of the attorney fee claim, any party may request an evidentiary hearing, stating specifically the reasons a hearing is needed. The request for hearing must be made at the same time an objection is filed if by the objecting party, or within 10 days of the filing of the objection if requested by claimant's attorney.
(d) The court will determine if an evidentiary hearing is required. If a hearing is deemed necessary, it will be scheduled at the court's earliest convenience and the court will issue its decision following the hearing. Evidentiary hearings will generally be set in Helena unless good cause to the contrary can be demonstrated by a party. If the court determines that no hearing is necessary, the court will determine attorney fees based on the claim and objections. No additional pleadings will be allowed unless requested by the court.
(e) The court's determination of reasonable attorney fees is a final decision for the purposes of appeal.
(History: Sec. 2-4-201, MCA; IMP, Sec. 2-4-201, 39-71-2901, MCA; NEW, 1985 MAR p. 107, Eff. 2/1/85; AMD, 1986 MAR p. 774, Eff. 5/16/86; TRANS, from Admin., 1989 MAR p. 2177, Eff. 12/22/89; AMD, 1990 MAR p. 847, Eff. 5/1/90; AMD, 1992 MAR p. 922, Eff. 5/1/92; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 27, Eff. 1/14/94; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 557, Eff. 2/23/96.)