Thursday, June 11, 2009

Billing for time spent billing?

Suppose an attorney prepares a bill and sends it to a client. Then suppose the client asks the lawyer to review it, explain some items or revise it. Can the lawyer charge the client for the time spent reviewing the bill?

According to a Grievance Committee of the North Carolina Bar the answer is NO.

The ABA is reporting today that the comittee held that a $50 charge to review a bill is the same as “task padding” and excessive. According to the committee, reviewing the bill is an “obligation every lawyer owes to a client and is an overhead expense incidental to the practice of law.” The Committee's opinion reprimanding the lawyer is available here.

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