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eBandAids: California Bar prescribes higher bills to “fix” firms’ e-discovery incompetence

The legal profession tends to lag behind the rest of the business and professional world when it comes to understanding and embracing technology.  Usually it’s the demands of the junior — more technically adroit — staff who may move things … Continue reading

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Blame the Clients: Law firm lays off new law grads just before graduation

Before a doctor practices on real people, they have to take lots of academic courses, but they also get quite a bit of practical, “clinical” experience, starting with cadavers and moving up to living people under close supervision.   Lawyers, on … 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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Client Baggage: Sometimes other clients can help you deal with lawyers, sometimes not

Sometimes civilians who have experience dealing with lawyers can give other civilians useful advice about finding and dealing with lawyers.  Other times, however, the civilian’s personal story (or rant) just shows how far off track you can go with a … Continue reading

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15% Discount?: I’ve got your 15% right here

How many times have you heard that law firms often provide “discounts” on their legal fees?  It’s actually quite common for blue chip clients that law firms crave — the hungrier  the firm, the less blue the chip has to … Continue reading

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Pro Bono: Free legal services are rare and sometimes overpriced

Out of the many quasi-Latin or otherwise obscure phrases lawyers use every day, “pro bono,” short for “pro bono publico,” is one that’s recognizable to many civilians.  Literally it means ‘for the public good,’ but what it really means to … Continue reading

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Bankruptcy Tax: The bankruptcy bench and bar take their cut using “fee examiners” for cover

In a typical bankruptcy for an individual or small business, there’s usually not enough money around to attract even one or two lawyers.  But in the world of major bankruptcies, involving multi-billion dollar businesses and even bankrupt cities (like Detroit), … Continue reading

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Fixing Fees: There’s no easy fix for managing legal fees

While everyone, even lawyers, complains about high hourly rates and the fees they create, the solution isn’t as easy as lowering rates, randomly cutting hours, and firing staff.  Those are the elements of the equation, but real skill and a … Continue reading

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Golden Years: Who’s guarding us from court-appointed guardians?

We get many complaints from people whose trust funds, retirement funds, bank accounts or other accounts are being drained by trustees, guardians, or others who are paid out of other people’s money to provide services that are supposed to protect … Continue reading

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Washington Redfaces: Government office cancels ‘Redskins’ trademark

In a surprise move, the US Patent & Trademark Office canceled the federal trademark registration for the “Washington Redskins” football team.  There have been complaints for decades about the name and how it offends many people (but not all).  Trademarks … Continue reading

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