Charging for the spent time prior to the adoption of an agreement
posted 3 years ago
Following a three-hour meeting with an attorney for a case, an agreement is signed and a retainer fee is paid. Later, we agreed to terminate the contract.
He suggested payment for time which seems reasonable. Then I get a bill that includes time for two one-minute voicemails (rounded up to 6 minutes each, of course), a half-hour for email exchange, the phone call, and preparation for the 3-hour meeting before the adoption of the agreement.
Is it possible to charge your client for the spent time prior to the adoption of an agreement?