Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

Lucky Charms: Law firms add offshore offices for low cost, high profit document review

One of the largest law firms in the world is touting its new “back office” in Belfast, Northern Ireland, joining a prior “back office” in the Philippines.  These operations seek to use ultra low cost personnel at local wages to … Continue reading

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Women Trouble: Lawyer banned from representing female clients, without effect

Lawyers are just, in one sense, business people whose business is law.  For historic or romantic reasons, lawyers and some others treat lawyers as being above business — they are “professionals” with special privileges and obligations (real or imagined).  Whether … Continue reading

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War to End No War: Judge awards partial fees for trying to “litigat[e] plaintiff to death”

It’s no secret that the litigation process can be expensive, long, frustrating, and imperfect — you get “rough” justice, at best.  Delay generally benefits defendants:  Even if a negative result may be inevitable, they can always root for injustice.  Imperfection … Continue reading

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DIY Law: Legal forms patch the legal services gap, and usually work just fine

Legal forms have been around since there have been lawyers.  They save money, especially with hourly fees, and they help avoid common mistakes. Now, more than ever, potential clients are using forms they find online — cheap or free — … Continue reading

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Morally Bankrupt: Lawyer failed to discharge clients’ claim to recover illegal fees

Sometimes, even if you win the litigation battle, you may lose the war if your opponent suddenly has no money — or you can’t find his or her assets.  This is a particular problem when it comes to suing people … 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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Border Wars: Even with local counsel, out of state lawyer’s fees not paid

To practice law, you need a license issued by a state or territory, including the District of Columbia.  To get the license, you have to be trained (usually in an ABA-approved law school, but not always), then you take a … Continue reading

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Justice Delayed: Bars support attempt to reward 23 year malpractice relief delay

Here’s a story highlighting the gall some lawyers exhibit when they get caught doing something wrong:  In this case, committing apparent malpractice.  The law firm fought the claims for years (after delaying the matter as long as possible to pursue … 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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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 below from a piece by one former lawyer who now makes his living recruiting lawyers … Continue reading

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