Any firms charge no-shows / have a provision in their fee agreements about reserving the right to do so? I get that we aren’t healthcare, but I work from home more and more now. So when I drag my ass to the office because a client wanted an in person meeting, and 38 min later, they aren’t here, it’s frustrating

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Might try something in the fee agreement moving forward and see how potential clients react. One of the factors in reasonableness of fees is “likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer.” Should be plainly apparent if someone schedules time on my calendar, it precludes me from using that time elsewhere.

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JP1: I’ve put in it fee agreements for a few weeks. Haven’t had to charge anyone that’s signed such an agreement.

Is that not just hourly billable time? Don’t get it.

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It’s axiomatic that a lawyer’s value their time and advice, so I would be surprised to see a state bar take the position that we have to work for free because a client decided not to show up, especially considering opportunity cost. If you really feel the need, just ensure your engagement letter includes these scenarios as services provided

I’d build that into your retainer agreement - something like, time for client meetings, including travel, may be billed at your discretion as consideration for your availability. Although you’ll want to check your state’s rules to confirm that’s kosher,

I represent small law firms as outside General Counsel, feel free to DM if you ever want to chat.

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Playing with fire. Some clients would pay no problem, others might just take you to the state bar

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