A lawyer who charged a client for six hours of time to prepare his bill – with an additional hour spent searching for the file – was recently suspended by the North Dakota Supreme Court.
“This is not your father’s Oldsmobile.”
You may recall that famous advertising slogan from the 1980s. One could use a similar phrase when describing today’s legal marketplace. Changes in billing methods, improvements in technology, a turbulent economy and the globalization of the legal practice have left us with a landscape far different from the one we worked in even a decade ago.
A lawyer has been suspended for two years for charging a client hourly legal fees for both legal and non-legal services, including driving the ailing client and helping him move to a new home.