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House Rules: Clients should think twice before trying bar-sponsored fee arbitration

As we’ve noted before, arbitration (and its neutered friend mediation) is a private replacement for civil litigation in court.  Many parties consider arbitration when the local courts are slow, perhaps to get a private “judge” with some special expertise, or … Continue reading

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Fat Fees: Beware of flat fee deals with too much fat

For companies, government agencies, and a few individuals who use lawyers in bulk, it may make sense to pay wholesale, and not retail hourly rates, by hiring your own lawyers as employees.  This makes more sense for steady work where … Continue reading

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Curve Ball: Beware of legal fee pitches from lawyers

We’ve worked with legal fee issues with many lawyers and law firms for more than 20 years now.  While you would think that lawyers understand how legal fees work and the issues they can raise, they often do not know … Continue reading

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Lien On You: Anti-consumer advice disguised as free consumer advice

In exchange for having a monopoly on the practice of law, lawyers are supposed to help the public understand the law and help those who cannot afford to pay a lawyer.  Lawyers like to consider themselves professionals, and these are … Continue reading

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Flag On The Play: Lawyer fumbles medical charges held in escrow

As we’ve said many times before, having your lawyer hold your money in his or her firm’s “trust” or “escrow” account can be a problem.  All these accounts typically do is segregate client or non-lawyer money from lawyer money.  This … Continue reading

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15% Solution: Law firms collecting less than 84% of quoted hourly rates

As we’ve been noting for years, many firms increase their hourly rates most years, then have to give much of that back because many clients now know better.  They either give it back voluntarily, with lower “discounted” rates up front … Continue reading

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Self-Inflicted: Beware of websites offering “free” legal help

For many business or personal events, you may recognize that there are “legal” implications, but you don’t have the time or money to hire a lawyer.  Maybe you’re adventurous and willing to take a crack at it yourself.  Years ago, … Continue reading

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Tug of War: Clients roped into law firm split

If you’ve ever signed an employment contract, and read it, you were probably surprised by all the lopsided pro-employer terms you found in it.  Like most people, you probably assumed you couldn’t negotiate the terms or refuse to sign — … Continue reading

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Net Loss: Safety net for clients full of holes

Problems with lawyers who gamble or steal from clients are a common topic here.  Entrusting money to a lawyer, even if it’s held in an ironically titled “trust” account, is just not good enough — it’s not really a protection … Continue reading

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Family Matters: Looking for kinder, gentler litigation

Most people think of courts when they think of lawyers and places for resolving legal disputes.  But there are “alternative” dispute resolution systems, commonly abbreviated as “ADR.”  Common ADR methods are arbitration — like a private trial — and mediation … Continue reading

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