[Note to readers: This is the second part of my blog post on how to discuss fee bill issues with your attorney. If you did not read the first post which was on August 16, I suggest you do so before reading this post. ] Communicating with Your Attorney My prior post left off with...

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Recently, I made a stab at getting caught up on my reading. Included in my pile of reading material from the past several months was a newsletter from the Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky (LMICK). The reason I had put the LMICK newsletter aside to read when I had time was that I noted...

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I belong to a practice section of my state bar that I call 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 are from attorneys asking other attorneys if anyone has a particular form document that...

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In this post as well as a follow-up post, I want to discuss the sensitive subject of how to discuss fee bill issues with your lawyer. I say that this is a sensitive subject because I find that while many individual clients are often downright angry about their high fee bills, many are at the...

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“One of the most egregious forms of overbilling in many law firms is the almost infinite amount of time that is expended upon research into even the most minute legal issues.” William G. Ross, The Honest Hour, (Carolina Academic Press) at p. 113. Have you ever hired a lawyer based upon the lawyer’s claimed expertise in the...

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A story in the online ABA Journal on Feb. 21 told of a lawsuit filed against legal giant Morrison & Foerster (MoFo) in Federal Court in Houston. The suit alleges that the firm engaged in "egregious overbilling" after it was hired last May to wind down several companies. Of course, whether MoFo (that's how the firm refers...

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Ah, the beginning of a new year. And with the beginning of a new year often come a request or notice from your attorney that she is going to raise her hourly billing rate. As I often come across this issue in reviewing legal bills in cases or other legal matters which drag on for years,...

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Legal bills can be very complicated documents involving so many different parts. As a result, they can be very intimidating to people to understand even for people who see legal bills on a regular basis.  So, where do you start when reviewing a legal bill? In my seminars on How to Review Legal Bills Like a...

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Electronic filing (e-filing) of documents with state courts  is sweeping the country. If it is not yet in your state, chances are that it will be soon. Here is a list of the status of e-filing in state courts in the states. Preceding the implementation of e-filing programs, seminars and written material have been provided to lawyers...

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