Fighting Unreasonable Charges By Attorneys
Most lawyers are expensive. Lawyers generally spend a minimum of seven years attending college and law school and are among the most highly educated people in the United States. The practice of law is stressful and a good lawyer can make the difference between winning and losing a case. Klein & Wilson understands that good lawyers cost a lot of money.
The legal process is often cumbersome and time consuming. It is therefore, no surprise that lawyers frequently charge what most people believe is a large sum of money. Disputes over legal fees are a common basis for legal malpractice claims. Klein & Wilson‘s attorneys are skilled at identifying and resolving attorney fee disputes on behalf of their clients.
In 2009, the 600-member Orange County Trial Lawyers Association elected Gerald A. Klein as Trial Lawyer of the Year for trying professional negligence cases..
Fee Disputes And Overbilling In California
Just because lawyers are expensive does not give lawyers a license to steal. When lawyers inflate the time they spend on a matter, often called bill padding, or perform unnecessary work, such lawyers have breached their fiduciary duty to their clients. It is essential that clients know their attorney is behaving ethically with all matters, including finances, because of the importance of the matters attorneys handle for clients.
Many lawyers charge by the hour. Most lawyers use a tenth of an hour as the minimal hourly increment. Where lawyers use more than a tenth of an hour as a minimum, there will be an issue of whether that minimal charge is appropriate. Moreover, when lawyers write down more time than they spend on a given matter, they are likely going to be held liable for overbilling.
Contact the attorneys of Klein & Wilson for experienced handling of overbilling claims.
Excessive Fees Due To Overstaffing
Overstaffing is a common problem at many law firms – especially at larger firms. Whether intentional, or not, some law firms assign too many attorneys and professional staff members to a given matter. When overstaffing occurs, there is almost always an unnecessary duplication of effort, resulting in client bills that are inflated.
Klein & Wilson has sufficient experience in a wide range of matters and uses unique technologies to identify overstaffing that resulted in increased legal fees.
Let A Skilled Professional Assist With Your Fee Dispute
When a legal bill suggests an attorney has engaged in unethical billing practices, it is often necessary to obtain assistance from a lawyer experienced in fighting the charges. To reach our experienced attorneys about legal malpractice matters call 949-239-0907, or contact the firm by email.