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Ten Things your Lawyer May Not Want You to Know

June 30, 2009 | Posted in : Articles / Books, Billing Practices, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Fee Agreement / Fee Proposal, Fee Dispute, Fee Dispute Litigation / ADR, Legal Bills / Legal Costs, Litigation Management

 

In an article, "Legal Fees: Ten Things Your Lawyer May Not Want You To Know", Daniel L. Abrams of the Law Offices of Daniel Abrams in New York breaks down ten things lawyers may not want clients to know:

1. The Retention Letter Or Agreement Cannot Be Used To Justify An Unreasonable Fee
2. Any Promises Made By A Lawyer To A Client Will Be Enforced
3. Diligence In Reviewing A Bill Can Save Money
4. Courts Have Invalidated Many Methods Of Attorney Billing In Recent Years
5. A Lawyer Cannot Necessarily Quit Representing You Because Of A Fee Dispute
6. A Lawyer Is Strictly Limited In What He Can Do To Collect His Fee
7. A Lawyer Has Many More Reasons Than a Client To Avoid Fee Dispute Litigation
8. Even If You Have Already Paid Your Lawyer, You May Be Entitled To Get Your Money Back
9. Any Unethical Behavior May Be Grounds For Total Or Partial Forfeiture Of Fees
10. Arbitration Provides A Cost-Effective Approach To Small Disputes