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I mean, the guy billed 26 hours a day. He must do that much work right? It can't be that there are only 24 hours in a day and he's submitting false invoices because that would be stealing from the taxpayer.

A lawyer would never do that. There must be some other explanation...

Time travel? Approximating light speed? Crossing the time zones all day long?

Something. I refuse to accept that the guy just invented some hours just to line his own pocket at the taxpayer's expense. No righteous New York State politician and Rebublican would just invent hours to help himself to taxpayer money with the blessing of the local DA and sheriff. I mean, that would be a scandal, on the front page of the local Albany New York paper.

Oh, it was on the front page yesterday. I guess he's a crook.

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  •  Good Jupiter. Do we really need another (7+ / 0-)

    diary on this?  Look up the rule on minimum increments and get back to us.  Every client signs a contract with their lawyer that sets out the minimum increment.  

    Guess who else uses minimum increments?  Plumbers.  Electricians.  Cab drivers.   A whole boatload of people.  Oh, yeah - boat captains.

    The electoral college was my safety school.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 04:29:54 AM PST

  •  some local attorneys and consultants round up for (0+ / 0-)

    their services so 5 minutes on the phone is billed as an hour.  Not quite ethical but it is hard to catch when you are getting a dozen pages of spreadsheets for various charges

    •  Really? That's not even close to ethical (0+ / 0-)

      Normally attorneys bill in 10 or 15 minute increments; I've never heard of billing in 60 minute increments!

      If that's not spelling out in the fee ageement, that's worth a complaint to the bar association, at the very least.

      Billing in 15 minute increments can, of course, result in billing more than 24 hours in a day. This was explained to the diarist when he posted essentially the same diary as this yesterday.

  •  LOL (0+ / 0-)

    This kind of joke (lawyer bills 24+ hours in a single day) has been around for a while...some people fudge their billing numbers.  It's wrong, but its no surprise.  He's a lawyer, not a mathematician, so no wonder he got caught.  

    •  It's not always wrong or even fudging. (4+ / 0-)

      I used to use 1/10 increments.  I always informed my clients. I put it in writing and emphasized it at the consultation where I accepted the case.  I went out of my way to explain it to them.  I would tell them that if we are playing phone tag, for instance, every time I called them and they could not take my call, it would cost them 1/10 of an hour, or $35. If they sent me a one-page letter that it took me a minute to read, it would cost them 1/10 of an hour, or 6 minutes, or $35.

      This cut down on a lot of the unimportant contacts that plague lawyers.  Yes, my time is devoted to you, but let's reserve it for the important stuff.  Even with this rule, and everybody who sells their time has to have some cutoff, it would still be possible to get my mail, read it, and bill 10 clients .1 hour after reading 10 letters in six minutes.

      Should I read their letters for free because they are short?  Lincoln said it best, "All I have to sell is my time and my expertise."  

      The electoral college was my safety school.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Nov 12, 2012 at 06:21:11 AM PST

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      •  haha, no no of course not, (0+ / 0-)

        I was just saying that this kind of thing is old news.  The smallest increment I've ever seen anyone use is 6 minutes...most here in DC seem to use 10 or 15.  

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