Help us stop the (legal) bleeding.
February 17, 2012 5:31 AM Subscribe
Best way to get a law office to stop nickel-and-diming us to death, long after our case has been settled?
posted by Rykey to law & government (18 answers total)
Along with the "heavy lifting" of handling my girlfriend's divorce a couple years back, her law office did the typical $25 for sending her a one-sentence email, 50 cents a page for photocopying, $25 per "review" of her file, etc. That was all well and good, and understood as part of the process at the time. Two years after everything was settled, though, she's still getting bills every couple of months for services we don't feel are necessary, or at least not necessarily handled in the (expensive) way they're being handled.
Since the law firm was included in the communication loop with the courts, her ex's pension company, etc., the firm continues to get copied on "residual" memos, receipts, and the like--nothing directly related to hearings or legal representation, just... aftermath stuff. The firm then helpfully sends my girlfriend letters acknowledging receipt of the items, photocopies, emails, etc. (even copies to her ex), all at their usual rates. The bills average about 50 bucks a pop, which for us isn't a small amount right now.
So, my question: What words do we want to use when addressing this issue with the law firm? Essentially what we'd like to say is, "Great job on the divorce guys, but you can stop now. If there's absolutely no way of divesting yourselves from our case, can you at least keep the cost to us to a minimum? Since we get copied on the same communications you do, for instance, we'd rather not get a bill from you for emails saying 'We got this too.' For non-lawyers, this really adds up, so really, don't call us, we'll call you."