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The Retention Dance: Law firm claims duty to forward potential client’s inquiry to his employer

Nearly all law firms now have websites, which are primarily marketing tools to impress potential clients.  I suppose some firms would say their websites are not looking for business, they are just “informational,” whatever that means, but that’s certainly how … Continue reading

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Talking to Yourself: Lawyer discourages overcommunication with needy clients

Legal problems make many clients nervous — even if it’s something minor than can easily afford.  The whole legal process, including lawyers and courts and so on, just makes you worry. And the superior, condescending attitude of many lawyers, even … Continue reading

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Bailing Out: Malpractice defense lawyers recommend bailing on difficult clients

Many legal malpractice cases are based on snap judgments gone wrong, perhaps during a trial or other court appearance.  A failure to object at a key time or making a mistake in an argument might qualify for this.  Others have … Continue reading

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Flattening Justice: State commission set to level civil justice system

Local, state, and federal courts are supported by taxpayers and, in some part, by various charges made by the court to file lawsuits, for example.  In return, the courts are supposed to provide a civilized way to resolve disputes between … Continue reading

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Ceiling, No Floor: Lawyer agreement sets cap, but not floor, on reasonable fee

Even though lawyers are supposed to know how to write a reasonable contract, it’s surprising how many lawyers and law firms don’t have a reasonable contract with their own clients.  I’ve always thought it was a bad sign that the … Continue reading

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Transactional Immunity: Maryland immunizes lawyers designating themselves as estate reps

Lawyers can make really, really bad personal representatives, executors, or trustees to babysit and distribute your money and stuff once you’re gone.  You might think that someone with a law license would be a logical choice to protect your interests … Continue reading

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Off The Record: Court reporters accused of billing for phantom pages

“Court reporters” are stenographers who take down, more or less verbatim, everything said “on the record” in court or a deposition, for example.  Some use a shorthand machine that prints out a sort of standard, but also personalized, code for … Continue reading

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Carefree: Lawyers not excused from duty of care for sophisticated client

Many clients who lose a case, don’t like a negotiated result, or have a run-in with their lawyer (or her bills) think that the lawyer may have committed malpractice.  Lawyers aren’t perfect and they are working in a legal system … Continue reading

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Past Due: Lawyers advised not to offer discounts, write-offs, or free initial consultations to avoid problem clients

Clients can learn a lot about where they stand with lawyers and law firms by hearing what they say about them behind their back, but most lawyers don’t put this sort of talk in writing where clients can see it.  … Continue reading

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Condo-million: Legal fees and penalties punish condo and homeowners

One very common complaint about legal fees arises when condo or homeowners’ associations tack huge legal fees onto every past due payment, fine, or other charge.  Sometimes these are hundreds or thousands of dollars, ten or more times the original … Continue reading

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