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 Pro©, I provide an orderly system for reviewing legal bills that involves just three main parts. Those three parts are:
- The reasonableness of the “task” performed
- The reasonableness of the “person” performing the task
- The reasonableness of the “time” spent performing the task
In my seminars, I often ask participants what do they look for first when they review a legal bill. Many times the answer back is they look first at the time billed for the tasks. However, that is the last thing that should be looked at when reviewing a legal bill.
And here’s how you should go about determining the reasonableness of the task, the person performing the task, and the time spent performing the task . . .
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