Being a lawyer is not just a profession, it is also a business. Like any business, lawyers and law firms want to make money. Unfortunately, often the drive for profits can cause billing abuses and overcharging of legal fees.
Lawyer billing abuses come in many different forms. It can include hour padding, charging for work that was never done, performing needless or questionable work, and charging for the time of several attorneys all doing the same thing. It can also include circumstances where a lawyer handles a case in a manner that is not in the best interest of the client, but rather to maximize attorney fees. A lawyer must act in the best interest of the client not herself.
Decisions on actions to be taken are sometimes made less on the basis of what’s in the best interest for the client, than it is how much can be billed for the work. A lawyer must act in the best interest of her client, not her own best interests.
We’ve helped clients who have been the victim of overcharging or billing abuse both by seeking a refund of any overpayment and by defending the client in a collection action brought by the attorney. If you feel that your attorney has inappropriately over billed you, give us a call – we can help.