Do You Use Alternative Fees in Your Law Practice? (Poll)

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We talk quite a bit about the popular trends toward alternative billing at law firms.

So that begs the question: Do you use alternative fees in your law practice?

Please 10 seconds to let us know.

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  • I think “alternative” is the new norm. :-)

    • Kevin, I’m excited by the responses to this poll, too, but keep in mind that the sample is biased towards people who choose to read our anti-hourly-billing law blog.

      • Of course! It’s just nice to know one is among friends sometimes. :-)

  • Joe Strummer

    Pet Peeve: The phrase “begs the question” does not mean to raise the question. Question begging is a logical fallacy, where someone puts forth a true proposition without bothering to support it through argument. So the phrase is used improperly above.

    • Joe, you are correct. My usage above is improper. I will try to do better in the future.

  • Certain practice areas have been flat fee based forever, like criminal defense. Almost all my cases are done a flat fee (since I only do criminal defense work). One aspect of flat fees that recieves too little attention? The risk management aspect. The client can control their costs with a flat fee.

  • I use some flat fees and some hourly depending on the case. I also try to make sure the clients know a budget ahead of time.