Can I Charge for What I Don’t Know?

Jenna Nand
One of the hardest aspects of practicing as a young lawyer is figuring out when and how much to bill your clients.

One of the hardest aspects of practicing as a young lawyer is figuring out when and how much to bill your clients.

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One of the hardest aspects of practicing as a young lawyer is figuring out when and how much to bill your clients. Many new attorneys are wont to undervalue their services and commit themselves to flat fees and other billing arrangements that cause them to give away a significant portion of their time and effort without adequate compensation. On the other end of the spectrum, some unscrupulous practitioners abuse their position of trust—they may run the clock for non-legal work, double-bill, or fabricate billing items entirely. Admittedly, there’s a lot of room in between. A wise attorney wants to avoid giving away her services but must guard against the possibility of unethically padding the bill.

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