How to reduce legal fees and costs.
Many clients can help reduce their attorney’s fees and costs by taking some simple steps. Below are some recommendations I make to every client.
Use email rather than snail mail. Emails require no postage, are faster to process and virtually any document can be scanned and attached to an email. Because frequent communication is an important part of a good attorney-client relationship, this can result in significant savings over the entire course of my work for you.
Collect your questions first. When you have questions which are not urgent, wait until you have two or three of them before you call or email. If you have an hourly fee agreement, each contact costs you money, so be sure to use your time and money wisely and efficiently.
Organize your thoughts. Have an agenda in mind when you call or email. If you organize your thoughts before contacting the attorney, the discussion will proceed faster. If it helps, make a list and check off items as we speak. That will help organize the conversation and save time.
Organize your documents. Bringing me your documents in an organized manner saves tremendous amounts of time, which is better spent on addressing the substantive issues in your case.
Respond reasonably promptly when contacted by the attorney. Clients are billed for the attorney repeatedly reaching out to the client for a response; why pay more for not responding?
Decide if you want less frequent communication. As a matter of practice, I forward copies of virtually every correspondence - going into or out of the office - to you. You can tell me otherwise and I will make a note in your file and act accordingly. This saves you my time and postage costs.
Be on time for Court hearings. I can not overemphasize this. Many courts call cases on a first-checked-in, first-served basis. Arriving an hour late could result in your case being put last on the list and therefore not called until the end of the court day. This increases your costs and could mean your issues are being heard by an impatient, cranky, tired, and frustrated judge.