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How to know if your lawyer is overcharging you

When you hire a lawyer, your chances of overpaying are considerable, according to one legal expert. “There is potentially 10 percent to 30 percent chance of legal bills for overcharging or over-inflation of hours disguised as blocks analyzing this or focusing on that,” said Ryan Loro, president of Philadelphia-based SIB Legal Bill Review, a service that monitors legal charges. The red flag is “block billing” — a way of assigning one charge for several separate tasks. An example of overbilling, said SIB Legal Review officials, could be a lawyer who charges $300 an hour and personally decides to make a three-hour drive to and from an off-site storage facility to retrieve records instead of delegating the task to a secretary ...