In Henry VI, Part II, Act IV, Scene II, the Bard famously wrote
the line, ''[t]he first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers,'' for
his character Dick the Butcher.
Lawyers have always been hated
throughout history, and still are - you can
be sure that any practicing lawyer has
heard the line: 'a lawyer is nothing but a
THINGS BAD LAWYERS
Double billing, is when a
lawyer bills two clients for
the same hour of work
Padding hours, is when a lawyer does not keep minute
track of his time, and adds 'padding' to the hours of work,
resulting in excess billing to the client. But there are many
other creative ways of excessively billing a client.
Overhead charges is when a lawyer charges the client for
extensive overhead expenses. One way is charging high billing
rates to clients for low-level tasks.
Another, is requesting reimbursements for events that may never
have even happened.
Still another includes exorbitant rates for a partner or the cost of
training a new staff member for the client.
NOT ALL LAWYERS ARE BAD
But beyond money, there are also real risks of a lawyer being
inefficient, and perhaps even worse, being negligent.
But here is a positive point: not ALL lawyers are bad lawyers.
History is replete with lawyers who have changed the world for the
better. Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln are just two examples.
Good lawyers who practice law ethically are available.
Do not let yourself get intimated by how much they say they will charge, nor by the legalese they
If a lawyer speaks to you only in legalese, you should turn away right away.
You need someone who knows how to break it down for you without being condescending.
A good lawyer is going to be someone who knows how to help you solve your problem.
If they are a problem to you, it just means that you got stuck with the wrong one. It might be time
to start looking for a good one.
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