We recently received a bill from a lawyer we had used shortly before we joined a monthly legal service.
Our former lawyer, thinking that she was still our lawyer, received some correspondence and charged us for her time.
The bill looked a little like this:
- Received letter – 15 minutes — $70.00
- Drafted response – 6 minutes — $28.00
- Brief communication with lawyer – 10 minutes — $32.00
I Googled, “Lawyer Accountability” today.
The page was slow; I thought it was going to come up blank.
But, finally, here is what I got:
Lawyer Accountability: The legal profession is largely self-regulated, which makes it difficult for bad lawyers to be held accountable to their clients. … Lawyers claim that they need not be subject to such regulations because they are held accountable by various state Bar rules governing attorney conduct. (from responsivelaw.org)
Now, as members, we pay a small monthly fee.
The monthly fee equals approximately what some lawyers charges for 5 minutes of their time.
Members get advice, phone calls, and letters drafted — whatever is needed to resolve an issue.
Approximately one hour of a lawyer’s time = approximately what you pay per year for membership in
It’s smart, it’s easy…and it’s self-regulated — by you.