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Tip for September 2012

Think twice before suing a client for fees

Although lawyers, like anyone else, should be paid for the services they provide, they should think twice before suing a client or former client for unpaid legal fees. For one thing, clients almost always counterclaim for legal malpractice, which requires the lawyer to pay the amount of the deductible on the malpractice policy to defend the counterclaim. A public malpractice claim can be embarrassing and bad publicity for a firm. Moreover, the amount actually collected at the end of the litigation, after payment of costs (including expert witness fees) and the time the lawyers spends on the case away from work that generates revenue, can make the effort less than worthwhile.