Comparing Attorney Hourly Rates Could Be Meaningless
Too many butchers, bartenders, contractors, auto mechanics, and professionals cheat their customers and clients, especially in situations where they cannot easily be held accountable. Cheating is a human frailty and so prevalent that it can be considered a predictable part of human nature. Cheating is evolutionary; all animals do it. Research shows that consumers trust small businesses less than they trust used car salesmen because of their own bad experiences. Buyers of attorney services beware! Hourly rates could be meaningless.
The following attorney actions could be construed as cheating the client:
1. Billing more hours than the hours actually worked to further a case, usually employing lump billing with work details omitted for hours billed.
2. Hours an attorney continues to work and bill on a case that are not justified or cost-effective.
3. Encouraging unnecessary litigation instead of pursuing a fair and equitable out-of-court settlement.
4. Encouraging a bad settlement because the attorney dislikes going to court.
5. Taking a case they are not qualified to handle leading to charges beyond value to the client.
6. Making errors and omissions due to lack of experience, expertise, or diligence.
7. Slowing down a case that increases attorney fees for both sides.
8. Not responding properly and quickly to a court or opposing counsel’s communications.
9. Not following legal procedures and meeting legal deadlines.
Honest people are good to find and occur in individuals more commonly than in organizations, the media, or in political parties to name a few. In people there are givers and takers and givers are much more likely to be honest than takers. Givers will look out for their clients and other people in many possible ways. Hire givers and especially transparent ones who are honest or they wouldn’t be transparent. Givers are easier to find than ever in this information age. Ask your friends and followers and talk to an attorney’s current or former clients personally. Call three attorneys who do not do family law and ask each one for a referral.
Prolific givers care about other people and truly want to help them. They are not the type of person to overcharge for their products or services, which is particularly proven by giving to charity. Marilyn and her staff members are selfless community-minded people who regularly help local charities and people and animals in need.
Marilyn and her legal staff on average bill less than 80% of the hours they work furthering cases. That is one of the reasons why this office consistently bills less in cases than the opposing attorneys do while getting more work done. And this is proof of honest behavior.