Retainers – the endangered species

Retainers.  It’s an ugly word, but many attorneys continue to demand a large up-front payment for service to be rendered in the future.  Retainers range between $1,500  to $10,000 in the Chicago-land area.  The average is about $2,000.00.  And unless you’ve got that in your checking account or room on your credit-card, you probably are […]

Watch out for minimum billings!

The term minimum billings applies to when lawyers bill their clients in minimum increments of time. For example, a lawyer may bill their client a minimum of 1 hour every time that lawyer is in Court. Or, a lawyer may bill a minimum of 1/2 hour for each phone call (no matter how short the […]