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How lenient with clients are firms being re retainers and bills between COVID and holidays? Standard in our fee agreement is (a) required replenishment of trust balance, and (b) hearing/mediation retainers due 45 days prior. We used to be somewhat understanding, but now it’s by the book. And this change was almost overnight.

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Yes! Haha. I felt a little bad for one guy (he was very needy, so he wasn’t my favorite), but he had a balance and needed to put money in trust. He paid his bill but only put like $200 in trust, so we are still withdrawing.

I guess I was just gauging opinion cause it sucks, but I don’t really feel bad. I wish more clients understood that they’re buying our time. Whether they want us to do legal work or offer them a couch to spill their guts out, our earning of fees is not contingent on their subjective assessment of whether what we’ve done was lawyer work.

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And COVID changes what??

Law firms have to still be able to stay afloat too during covid. They can’t even pay employees if clients aren’t paying. No leniency. Business is business.

Exactly- your retainer agreement is still effective. Do your monthly billing and deal with specific clients with issues. I have clients who may not be able to pay until the summer- but I KNOW them and they know me.

0 leniency. The retainer is what the retainer is.

Holy shit. Do we work together? This is my firm's policy to a T, and it's being reinforced this week.

We haven’t changed our policy at all. We have never been lenient unless the individual attorney chose to do a case “low bono” every once in a while.

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