Reading and Analyzing Your Legal Bill


Taking the time to go through your legal bill can save you significant sums of money. Overcharging may be hidden in vague and general descriptions of tasks performed, high turn-over rate of attorneys in the firm, block billing, and duplicative billing, to name a few. Take a few seconds and familiarize yourself with these types of billings.

 

Law Offices of Smith & Wesson
December 5, 2007
Our File No.  123456  
Invoice No.  8421
In Reference To:   ABC v. XYZ    

Professional Services

   
Date
Biller
    
Description
Hrs/Rate
Amount
11/4/07
YJA
   

Legal research; organize files; revise memoranda; attention to subpoenas; general trial preparation

    7.80 hrs  $195
$1,521.00
11/4/07
YJP
   

Office conference with YJA; review deposition transcripts; prepare examination outlines; trial preparation

    8.00 hrs  $275
$2,200.00
11/17/07
EP

   

Index files and label binders

                                    .   .25 hrs $175   
$43.75
11/25/07
YJA

   

Conference with YJP and attend deposition of Jack Sparrow

     8.00 hrs  $195
$1,560.00
11/25/07
YJP
   

Attend deposition of Jack Sparrow

      9.50 hrs $275
2,612.50
11/30/07
OSP
   

Review email correspondence

      0.20 hrs  $450
90.00

For professional services rendered

        33.75
$8,027.25
   
   
Additional Charges  
11/14/2007  
   
    Copying 200 pages @  .25  
$50.00
11/17/2007  
   
     Research cost – Lexis  
$120.00
   
   
Total of this bill  
$8,197.25
     
   
Time Keeper Summary           
Name  
Hours
Rate
Amount
 
Experienced Paralegal [EP]  
0.25
$175.00
$43.75
 
Old Senior Partner [OSP]  
0.20
$450.00
$90.00
 
Young Junior Associate [YJA]
15.80
$195.00
$3,081.00
 
Young Junior Partner [YJP]  
17.50
$275.00
4,812.50