3-part test for reasonable fees
- I ask myself, "Is this action necessary or optional to achieving the outcome of the case?" If it is optional, I get consent from the client.
- If necessary, then I use the electronic timer on my practice management software when working on your case. I review the time spent on the specific task and ask whether this is a reasonable amount of time that would be consistent with other highly-skilled lawyers.
- I review each invoice line-by-line and again consider the reasonableness of the time allotted. Then I check the invoice against other time entries to make sure I do not charge for corrected work or duplicate efforts.