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How Lawyers Screw Their Clien Donald DeKieffer

How Lawyers Screw Their Clien

Donald DeKieffer

Published July 3rd 1999
ISBN : 9780760712436
Hardcover
203 pages
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Next to politicians, attorneys are the most vilified professionals in the U.S.--so much so that the term honest lawyer has become an oxymoron. In this expose, the author (a lawyer himself) explains why. The problem lies not in an absence ofMoreNext to politicians, attorneys are the most vilified professionals in the U.S.--so much so that the term honest lawyer has become an oxymoron. In this expose, the author (a lawyer himself) explains why. The problem lies not in an absence of morals, but in something called gross billable hours, the yardstick by which lawyers get paid.Breaking ranks to reveal his professions darkest secret, deKieffer contends that billable hours motivate lawyers to be as inefficient as possible. Since they are paid for how many hours they can clock up on a case, they are actually penalized for quick settlements and competent service, giving rise to a form of consumer fraud. DeKieffer not only catalogues the abuses of the legal system, he also suggests ways in which the problem can be solved. A clients manifesto and a wake-up call to the profession.