We’ve been charging fixed fees in our firm for many years. We haven’t used hourly billing in so long that I can barely remember how miserable it made us and our clients. Everybody hated the lack of certainty, the anxiety and the expense.
I know, however, that many lawyers still bill hourly. They still won’t tell you the true cost of your case in advance because they say the “can’t predict the hours it’ll take”. How is it that a lawyer who does this work day in and day out can’t tell you what it’s going to cost? What’s the point of being an expert is you still can’t predict what’s likely to happen?
So I’m wondering what it’s like across North Carolina. Are you being given the option of a fixed fee for your case? Are you still being billed hourly? Are you being told by lawyers that they can’t provide you with predictable fee information? What’s the story?
I’d appreciate hearing your story. What’s happening?