Save Money on Legal Fees

Save Money on Legal Fees

How to Save Money on Legal Fees

Utilize Email

People tend to review their questions and thoughts much more carefully before pressing “Send” than before pressing “Dial.” This works in your benefit, because not only are you going to be more thoughtful in the email that you send, but your attorney will have more time to be thoughtful in their response.  This will result in a more productive exchange.

Also, it is always best to have things in print.  It’s not uncommon for people to forget or become confused during a stressful moment in their life.  There isn’t much in life that is more stressful than being involved in a legal matter.  If you have your questions and attorney’s answers outlined in an email, you can refer back to that email to clarify any questions you may have.  This will avoid multiple phone calls to the office for which you’d be billed.

Of course, sometimes you just need to call. But a word to the pennywise – write down all of your thoughts and questions before picking up the phone to ensure you don’t miss anything.

NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE PARALEGAL & ASSOCIATE ATTORNEY

While only licensed attorneys can give you legal advice, licensure isn’t required to clarify who gets the kids which weekend or what time the Temporary Orders hearing is scheduled.  Support staff is less expensive to speak with than your attorney.  Check your contract to see the different billing rates of partners, associate attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants.  Presenting your question to the person who answers the phone before asking to be transferred to your attorney could save you up to $25 on a 15-minute phone call.

Most of the clerical duties that a firm charges for, you could do yourself.  Who knows your documentation better than you?

GO PAPERLESS

Time is spent, and you are billed, when we scan, rename and upload documents to your file. A single case can have hundreds of documents. This can inflate a bill quite quickly.  You can see a huge reduction in your bill if you scan, correctly name, and email your documents to our office.   Managing your documentation also keeps you aware and empowered in your case.  The following are examples of helpful file names:

“Doe, Jane 2012 Tax Return and W2s”

“Doe, John 2010 Deed”

“Doe, John Paystub 11/1/2013 – 11/15/2013”

USE CLIO

Clio is an online legal practice management tool that we use to share important documents and case information with clients. If you don’t use Clio, we have to mail your documents to you (expending time + postage) or e-mailing or faxing them to you (expending time), as opposed to simply pressing a button within the program (at no charge). Clio also provides a method for clients to upload documents directly to their firm files, which you already know saves us time and you money (see Tip #3).  We use Clio to send bills to clients, and you can send private, secure messages to all staff members through this program.  The benefit is this message is immediately saved to your case, and you can see when your attorney has read the message.  You can see all of your case documents and messages in one place at any time day or night.