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Auditing Attorney's Fees

LEGAL AUDITING

Accountability Services' legal auditing can isolate any inappropriate or inefficient billing practice that unnecessarily increased your legal fees. Aided by proprietary software, Accountability Services' attorneys recast billing and disbursement information into comprehensible formats and determine what was done, by whom and for how long. Then, our legal auditors test for mathematical errors and internal inconsistencies in the legal bills and determine whether the legal fees and disbursements were reasonable and whether there were any inappropriate or inefficient billing practice. Once these practices are identified you may be entitled to a refund or a reduction in your legal bill.

Legal audits are designed to quantify the financial impact of any legal fee billing abuse, inefficiency or fraud that may have taken place. Our legal auditors and accountants scrutinize all time charges and expenses with the assistance of our proprietary software. Underlying documentation is reviewed to assist our auditors in determining, among other things, whether the time taken to complete particular tasks was reasonable. Our audits culminate in a written report that provides a solid foundation for negotiating a settlement with your law firm. In the event that your case goes to trial, Accountability Services stands ready to give Expert Testimony regarding attorney's fees at depositions, hearings or trials.

Accountability Services' legal audits have resulted in reductions of as much as 83% of the legal fees.

Accountability Services customizes its legal audits to provide the most cost-effective solutions for your legal cost control needs.

Legal Auditing: Preliminary
Provides a general overview of the law firm's patterns and practices

A sampling of the legal bills are selected for computer assisted analysis with the balance reviewed in less detail. The preliminary legal audit, memorialized in a written report, will assist the client in determining whether a more comprehensive audit would be cost-effective. Often, the preliminary report will be enough to effectuate a settlement with the law firm.

Legal Auditing: Efficiency
Isolates and quantifies the financial impact of any legal fee billing abuse, inefficiency or fraud

Our legal auditors and accountants scrutinize all time charges and expenses with the assistance of our proprietary software. Underlying documentation is reviewed to assist our auditors in determining, among other things, whether the time taken to complete particular tasks was reasonable. Our efficiency audits culminate in a written report, which provides a solid foundation for negotiating or litigating the appropriate reductions in the legal bills.

Legal Auditing: On-Site
Detects legal fee billing irregularities

All time charges and expenses are scrutinized with the assistance of our proprietary software. In addition, our auditor and/or accountants visit the law firm to review work product, time sheets and underlying invoices for disbursements. With the audit report in hand, our clients are in an excellent position to negotiate or litigate appropriate reductions.

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Accountability Services, one of the pioneers of the legal cost control and auditing industry, has proven techniques that result in significant savings.

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Since 1991, our legal auditors have reviewed over a billion dollars in legal fees and have reduced legal bills as much as 46% with our legal cost control services and 67% with our expert witness testimony.