The Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company of Kentucky (LMICK) is a malpractice insurer for lawyers. As a proud, long time member of the Kentucky Bar Association, I am on LMICK's newletter mailing list. In a recent LMICK newsletter, I noted that several pages were devoted to legal billing issues. Coming at it from a "risk management"...

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[The following is an update of a piece I wrote three years ago. Because of its importance  at this time of year I think the message bears repeating.] There is an old adage that “a lawyer’s pen gets heavier during the fourth quarter.” Invariably, as the year nears an end, lawyers (and paralegals) scramble to find...

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Whenever I do a seminar for attorneys on ethics, I always tell them that there are three things they should especially avoid doing: drugs, sex with a client, and messing with a client’s money.  I tell them that if they are caught doing one of these three things, they will find that harsher discipline will...

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If you were to ask a group of lawyers to name an ethical rule that applies to billing for fees, I would suspect a majority of them would name Rule 1.5 Fees - probably because it is the only ethical rule that has the word "fees" in the title! Now ask those same lawyers to name other ethical...

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If you were to ask a group of lawyers to name an ethical rule that applies to billing for fees, I would suspect at least 90% would name Rule 1.5 Fees - probably because it is the only ethical rule that has the word "fees" in the title! Now ask those same lawyers to name other ethical rules...

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Here are a few tips to follow to save on legal costs when dealing with your attorney. Insist on Using E-mail. Always insist that the attorney communicate with you by e-mail instead of by letter. Studies have shown that using e-mails versus letters always save time. And saving time means you save money. Ask Questions of...

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Over the years, I have reviewed legal bills from thousands of law firms throughout the U.S. involving every type of legal matter imaginable. Invariably whenever I have reviewed legal bills from BIG law firms, the results are the same. BIG law firms always overstaff, overwork, overbill, and most importantly, they tend to overlook any real opportunities to...

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Did your attorney discuss with you less costly means of achieving your stated goals? If not, he may have violated his ethical duties pursuant to the American Bar Assn. Rules of Prof. Conduct (RPC). RPC 1.4 governs "Communication" with a client and specifically provides that "a lawyer shall explain a matter to the extent reasonably necessary...

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Okay. Your lawyer has presented you with a sizable legal bill to pay.  And as far as you can tell in reading through the bill, the time billed for each thing your lawyer did seems to be reasonable. But, you are thinking that it just seems like there was an awful lot of work he did. So is...

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