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Saves you time

We detail all of your legal bills from all of your law firms every month in one statement, so your accounting and legal operations teams don't have to track and organize them all. Then, we analyze every charge on every invoice, so your legal team doesn't have to spend valuable time combing through mountains of time entries every month.

Reduces your legal expenses

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Improves your attorney relationships

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How It Works

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We collect the invoices from all of your law firms

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Once the correct charges are determined, we notify you to send the corrected payment amount to the law firm

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Our experienced attorneys analyze every charge to ensure that you received full value

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We send you a detailed statement of how much you saved that month

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We cooperatively work with the law firms to correct specific billing errors and overcharges

Some of the Legal-Billling Errors We Identify

Excessive Time

This is the most common complaint of clients, yet has historically been the easiest for law firms to justify. Many clients have a “feeling” that a certain task took too long, but cannot explain why. Legal Bill Review explains in detail the reasons a law firm should revise specific charges on an invoice.

Inadequate Description

When a lawyer does not adequately describe his or her activity, there is no way for the client to determine if that activity added value for the client or if the charges for that activity are reasonable. Attorneys are paid to be precise in their language. It is not unreasonable to require lawyers to accurately describe how they spent their time and the client’s money. In these cases, LBR will investigate to determine the correct amount.

Duplicate Work

Sometimes one attorney will charge for the same task in more than one billing period. Sometimes two attorneys will charge for the same task in the same billing period.

Discrepancies Between Time Entries

Sometimes two lawyers attend the same meeting but charge different amounts of time for doing so. Sometimes one lawyer charges for an in-office task when another time entry shows she was not in the office that day. The variations of discrepant time entries are many, but the conclusion is singular: one of the two time entries is probably inaccurate. When this happens, Legal Bill Review will investigate to determine the proper charge.

Junior-Lawyer Training

Many times, law firms will charge for a junior-lawyer’s on the job training. But the law firm carries the financial responsibility for training its lawyers; it is for the law firm’s long term benefit. Most of the time, this is an honest mistake that occurs because most junior lawyers are not taught the difference between time that is billable to the client and time that is not. When this happens, LBR discusses the specific time entries with the billing attorney so the law firm can revise the invoice accordingly.

Higher-Rate Staff Used Inappropriately

Sometimes lawyers will do work that is more appropriate for a lower-rate attorney or a paralegal. As one court quipped: “Michelangelo should not charge Sistine Chapel rates for painting a farmer's barn." Ursic v. Bethlehem Mines, 710 F. 2d 670, 677 (3rd Cir. 1983). In these cases, LBR proposes to the law firm the staff that should have been used for that task so the law firm can adjust its charges.

Block Billing

Block billing is when a lawyer enters multiple tasks under one time period, without separating the time each task took. Block billing obscures the value to the client and the reasonableness of the charges for a given task, and courts around the United States have condemned the practice. And studies have shown that lawyers who enter their time in blocks tend to overestimate the actual time they worked on the listed tasks.

Administrative Tasks

Sometimes law firms will charge attorney or paralegal rates for tasks that could and should be done by administrative staff. For example, the client should not pay $300 an hour for filing a court document. That type of task should be done by a legal secretary at no charge, as part of the firm’s overhead costs.

Overstaffing a Given Task

A client should not have to pay three attorneys to accomplish a task that requires only one lawyer. Worse yet, sometimes overstaffing actually increases the time it takes to complete a task because there are "too many cooks in the kitchen." LBR will adjust the charges for the staffing level that would have been appropriate in the situation.

Intra-Office Communications

This is when multiple attorneys within the same firm discuss the client’s matter with each other or seek advice from a colleague about a legal issue. A major selling point for larger law firms is that they have a breadth of knowledge in specialized subjects. But when a lawyer seeks a colleague’s advice, the client should not have to pay for one attorney to educate another -- just have the knowledgeable attorney handle that part of the matter. When a law firm charges for intra-office communications, LBR will suggest corrections that are appropriate for the specific situation.

Clients like us because...

• Reduces legal expenses

• Improves relationships with outside attorneys

• Saves the clients time

• Saves the client's internal resources

• Service is invaluable, yet risk free

Law Firms like us because...

• Gets law firms paid faster

• Improves law firms' relationships with clients

• Follows up with the client to collect the fund for payment to the law firm

• Catches billing errors that could harm client relationship

• Never asks for a blanket discount or a discount on rates

Complements Legal E-billing Software

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Contact Us

(484) 430-4000

600 Eagleview Blvd.

Suite 300

Exton, PA