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The Honest Hour 9780890899021

The Honest Hour

The Ethics of Time-Based Billing by Attorneys

ISBN-10: 0890899029
ISBN-13: 9780890899021
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PUBLISHER: Carolina Academic Press
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Product Description: "Unethical billing by attorneys was once a taboo subject. It no longer is. During recent years, a multitude of clients, lawyers, judges, academics, and journalists have assailed time-based billing for producing inefficiency, excessive litigation, and fraud. An increasing number of attorneys have been prosecuted for overbilling clients, and reported crimes may be only the tip of an iceberg that extends deep into the legal profession." "In The Honest Hour, William G. Ross explains how to formulate ethical standards for time-based billing. Tapping a broad range of sources, including judicial opinions, rules of professional conduct, the recent ABA opinion on hourly billing, fee agreements, bar journals, law reviews, personal interviews, and nationwide surveys of hundreds of private practitioners and inside counsel that he conducted in 1991 and 1994-95, Ross shows how various members of the business and legal communities view the propriety of various billing practices." "Ross offers practical advice about the ethics of billing for various types of work, including research, drafting, travel, clerical tasks, public relations, and conferences. He also explores the ethical aspects of using technology, recording time, staffing projects, monitoring the billing of paralegals, billing for expenses, and blowing the whistle on unethical practices." "The Honest Hour explains how attorneys and their clients can work together to develop fee agreements that will give attorneys enough time to produce quality work while guarding against practices that exploit clients. The book also discusses alternatives to hourly billing."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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CATEGORY: Law
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