Attorneys face increasing pressure from clients to keep litigation costs as low as possible. What can lawyers do to keep these costs from skyrocketing and, ultimately, to keep clients happy?
Use your client’s assets. One of the most important steps you can take to keep costs down is to develop and maintain an open line of communication with your client. Attorneys often spend hours zealously tackling an intricate problem in a case only to learn that the client had already addressed that same problem successfully in another case. The result? The attorney has demonstrated to the client that the client knows more about the law than the attorney, and the attorney ends up on the hook for a hefty bill that the client is not inclined to pay.