Googling To Find Out If Your Attorney Used Form Documents

I used to belong to a practice section of my state bar that I called the “Does Anyone Have a Form I Could Use” practice section. I call the practice section by this name because most of the posts on the section listserve were from attorneys asking other attorneys if anyone has a particular form […]

The Importance of Agreeing On Legal Staff To Be Used

In the introduction to The Art Of Hiring The Right Lawyer & Negotiating A Fee Agreement That Will Save On Legal Costs, I note that the book was written especially for small business or individual clients of lawyers. As I point out, these types of clients typically do not have the leverage that large corporations […]

On Using and Billing for “Re-cycled Work Product” “A lawyer who is able to reuse old work product has not re-earned the hours previously billed.”  ABA Standing Comm. on Ethics & Professional Responsibility Formal Op. 93-379 (1993) In reviewing legal bills and speaking at CLE seminars to attorneys, I have found that too many attorneys lack a […]

Why Most Lawyers Do Not Have a Duty to be “Zealous Advocates”

Twice I have heard speakers at my state bar’s annual convention cite to a lawyer’s ethical duty to be a “zealous advocate” when representing a client.  That all lawyers have an ethical duty to be zealous advocates is just something that everyone knows to be factually correct.  Right? Well, not exactly. The plain fact is that the duty of zealous advocacy has […]