Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

Survival Guide: Legal headhunter paints sad picture of law firm life

If you know any college or law school students, or anyone else, who’s thinking about becoming a lawyer, you should have them read the excerpts from a piece by one former lawyer who now makes his living recruiting lawyers on … Continue reading

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Charge It: Client’s objection to fees should freeze credit card charges and cash transfers

What can you do if your lawyer’s holding money or property that belongs to you (either you paid in advance or the lawyer collects money for you) but you want to object to some or all of the fees and … Continue reading

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Warrior Mentality: Avoid declaring war on your family

A few decades ago, lawyers were ethically prohibited from most types of advertising — the bars thought it was “unprofessional” (and encouraged competition, which the legal establishment naturally considered to be a bad thing).  But clients need reliable, readily-available information … Continue reading

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Grave Robbers: Estate planning requires special attention to legal fee management

We get many complaints from clients, family members, and others about the legal fees and other charges taken out of estates and trusts by lawyers, banks, and others working in various capacities, e.g., as trustees, executors, or lawyers to the … Continue reading

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Judgment Proof: Winning your case is worthless until you collect

Sometimes the biggest hurdle to success in litigation is the most obvious: You can’t get blood from a stone.  In litigation this means that even if you have a great case, a sure winner, you can still lose if your … Continue reading

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Hybrid Legal Fees: Beware of lawyers bearing alternative fee proposals

Every few years, especially during recessions, another generation of lawyers, and a few clients and reporters, claim to have invented or discovered alternative legal fees.  In this context, alternative legal fees are any fee other than a basic hourly fee.  Common … Continue reading

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Object to the Form: Lawyer’s absurd deposition objections yield videotaped mea culpa

A deposition is supposed to record testimony — each side asks its questions and the answers of the witness are recorded, usually by a stenographer, but also by video or audio means.  There is rarely a judge in the room, … Continue reading

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Lawyer Glut: Until everyone has a lawyer they can afford, there’s no glut

While individual lawyers and law firms sometimes suffer in economic recessions, like everyone else, they usually do much better than most.  In the most recent real estate bubble recession, lawyers with business depending on some investments, some business transactions, and … 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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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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