Is the way all attorney’s bill their clients? - Posted by Mike
Posted by Mike on December 06, 1999 at 14:08:42:
The other day I received a bill in the mail for $50 from an attorney that represented me at a few closings. In my opinion, this bill is completely ridiculous, but maybe I think that way because I haven’t dealt with enough attorneys yet
Anyhow, this attorney represented me at a closing back in April '99. I was the seller of the property, paid his normal fee and went about my business. A few months later something came up on the title report that the buyer discovered when he tried to refinance the property. I called up this attorney to ask a couple of questions about it and asked him if he could fax a copy of the closing statement and old title commitment to the buyer’s title company. He obliged and I hadn’t spoken with him since. Now I get a $42 bill in the mail for services which included 15 minutes of phone consultation and $8 for faxes. Now, I’m not one to dispute debts when I legitimately owe them, but $8 for probably no more than four pieces of paper that he faxed is a little excessive. And, we certainly spent no more on 5 minutes on the phone when I talked to him.
Anyhow, I guess I’d just like to know if this is standard attorney billing practice or is this guy just trying to squeeze every dime he can out of me. Thanks for listening to my venting. I realize that everyone’s got to make a living out there, but I think there are certain things that professionals can do “out of the goodness of their heart” especially after I have already paid him for representing me on this deal.