Legal Bill Audit Blog

It’s been said with good justification that “a lawyer’s pen gets heavier during the fourth quarter.” Invariably, as the year nears an end, lawyers (and paralegals) scramble to find things to do in their files in order to make their firm’s hourly billing “targets” (i.e., goals) for the year.  I also invariably see more “drop-in” or “transient...

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Getting involved in a billing dispute with a lawyer can be a long and drawn out process. And you legitimately may be wonder if you ask your lawyer questions about his legal bill or get into a prolonged discussion with him about his charges if you will not just be digging yourself into an even deeper financial...

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If you think so, you are not alone. Overbilling by lawyers has long been considered a problem in the U.S.  Not only do clients of lawyers think that lawyer overbilling is a problem, but also many legal ethics experts and bar association leaders think so as well.  Here is just a sampling of what some...

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Here’ something very important to know about resolving legal bill disputes that maybe your lawyer does know. In any dispute over a legal bill with a client, the ethics of the legal profession as well as “black letter” law very clearly provide that the “burden of proof” is squarely on the attorney.  See Restatement (Third)...

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Finding good as well as economical attorneys can be difficult, but certainly not impossible. You may think that the term “good, economical attorney” is an oxymoron.  But in my legal bill review work for corporations, I very often see examples of economical attorney who get good results.  When I do, I always take the time to...

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One influential legal commentator called it the legal profession’s “not so hidden shame.”[1] An American Bar Association president called it the intersection of “many of the profession’s contemporary woes.”[2]  And the ABA’s Committee on Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility termed it a “major contributory factor to the discouraging public opinion of the legal profession.”[3]  The...

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