Attorney Overbilling: A Common Example of Legal Malpractice
You were traveling along I-84 on your way to a show at the Knitting Factory when you were rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. You suffered from a concussion and a broken jaw, and had to receive several surgeries in order to get things back to normal.
You felt like the insurance company was trying to nickel and dime you, so you sought help from an attorney. Although the lawyer did help you receive compensation for your medical bills and vehicle repairs, he also charged you a lot of money to do so.
Were You Overcharged?
Lawyers aren’t necessarily cheap, but that doesn’t mean they have the right to charge you more than what is deserved. Here, we take a look at a few examples of how overbilling happens and whether anything can be done about it.
- Overbilling basics. The act of overbilling is simply an attorney charging his client more than he should. Although this is a type of legal malpractice that some clients want to seek justice for, it is extremely difficult to prove.
- Padding a bill. One common form of overbilling is a practice called “padding.” This occurs when a lawyer lies about how much time he spent on a matter. Clients can sue their attorneys for breach of fiduciary duty, but proving the lawyer in fact did “pad” his time is challenging.
- Performing unnecessary work. This form of overbilling does occur, but often, the attorney isn’t aware the work is unnecessary until after it is performed. Again, although you may be able to sue for this type of malpractice, persuading the judge that the lawyer intentionally performed work that he didn’t need to just to benefit financially is quite difficult.
We Can Help
If you believe that your attorney took advantage of you and charged you for more than what is owed, contact the Morton Law Offices. We work hard for our clients and will do what we can to get them the justice they deserve.
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