Attorney fees can be requested in several different ways–by a noticed motion, when a statement of decision is rendered, upon affidavit, and upon entry of default judgment. However, California Rule of Court, rule 3.1702 requires the request to be made by a noticed motion if the statute or contract refers to “reasonable” fees.
California Rule of Court 3.1702(a): Except as otherwise provided by statute, this rule applies in civil cases to claims for statutory attorney’s fees and claims for attorney’s fees provided for in a contract. Subdivisions (b) and (c) apply when the court determines entitlement to the fees, the amount of the fees, or both, whether the court makes that determination because the statute or contract refers to “reasonable” fees, because it requires a determination of the prevailing party, or for other reasons.
California Code of Civil Procedure section 1033.5(c)(5): . . . . attorney’s fees allowable as costs pursuant to subparagraph (B) of paragraph (10) of subdivision (a) may be fixed as follows: (i) upon a noticed motion, (ii) at the time a statement of decision is rendered, (iii) upon application supported by affidavit made concurrently with a claim for other costs, or (iv) upon entry of default judgment. . . .
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