Tag Archives: Legal Fees: Law & Management

More Is Rarely Better: Spending more for lawyers only guarantees a bigger bill

An otherwise political debate about differences in how laws are unevenly enforced for the one percent versus the rest of us became distracted by suggestions that people who can afford to pay more for their lawyers get better lawyering as … Continue reading

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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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Shenan Agains: ABA discourages blowing the whistle on billing fraud

Normally the staff working for a lawyer should be trained and supervised for compliance on the necessity for keeping confidential information from clients (or prepared for clients) secret.  Paper should be shredded or securely stored, computers and electronic media should … Continue reading

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