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(Philly.com)   If you've ever had to hire a lawyer by the hour, take solace in the knowledge that they over bill everybody equally   (philly.com) divider line 5
    More: Obvious, West New York, North Bergen, Mount Laurel, Burlington County, Attorney General's Office, legal costs  
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790 clicks; posted to Business » on 26 Jun 2013 at 10:23 AM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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2013-06-26 11:30:06 AM  
"Public officials need to scrutinize their legal bills as if they were paying for them out of their own pocket - otherwise taxpayers are going to get ripped off,"

This is why gov't is always inefficient.  Nobody is spending money that matters to them.  It's like living your life on the company expense account.
 
2013-06-26 11:50:59 AM  
FARK dem lawyers.

Get a FLAT FEE from them or go to another lawyer.

Those greedy G-d complex scumbags.
 
2013-06-26 12:11:34 PM  

MugzyBrown: "Public officials need to scrutinize their legal bills as if they were paying for them out of their own pocket - otherwise taxpayers are going to get ripped off,"

This is why gov't is always inefficient.  Nobody is spending money that matters to them.  It's like living your life on the company expense account.


Corporations are not any better. I've worked both private and public sectors. Seen the same practices in both, like the end of year push to spend budgets. Believe it or not, many public employees actually try to be good stewards of public money. In the public sector, it's much more likely to select the lowest bidder, even though that is often not the best choice. The state I worked for would buy cars with standard leather seats and pay to have cloth seats installed. They felt that leather seats looked bad. Granted, it's still a waste of money, and it would be better to have a leader with balls.

Another reason gov't is inefficient? They spend a lot of time, money, and effort trying to prove they aren't wasting money. Example: filling out timecards based on which program/grant you were working on, down to 15 minute intervals.
 
2013-06-26 04:56:05 PM  

MugzyBrown: "Public officials need to scrutinize their legal bills as if they were paying for them out of their own pocket - otherwise taxpayers are going to get ripped off,"

This is why gov't is always inefficient.  Nobody is spending money that matters to them.  It's like living your life on the company expense account.


Derp derp

Tell us more about how awesome bitcoins are, oh champion of anti-government.
 
2013-06-26 11:05:28 PM  
The point of a retainer is that you pay monthly fees to replenish the retainer in trust, and when the engagement is over, you get back your retainer.  Unless these people thought they had a flat fee arrangement.  Also, I'm shocked that the simpleton that wrote TFA somehow found an attorney in New York that only bills $150 an hour.
 
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