- Double Billing DilemmaThree attorneys from a prominent New York law firm are flying across the country to California to take depositions on behalf of their client, McKing Burger Joint. All three attorneys have been instructed to bill their travel time to McKing Burger Joint. They are on the plane for a total of 6 hours. Attorney 1 is drafting some direct examination questions for the deposition he is taking for Client McKing Burger joint in California. Attorney 2 is working on a trial brief for another client, Cost Mart. Attorney 3 is watching Star Wars on his tablet and snacking on chips and a soda.
- How much time will Attorney 1 bill to McKing Burger joint, given the fact that he is performing two different tasks for the same client (i.e., traveling to California and drafting deposition questions)?
- How much time can Attorney 2 bill to clients McKing Burger Joint and Cost Mart?
- Can Attorney 3 bill Mc King Burger joint for his time on the plane? If so, how much time can he bill to this client
- Timesheet TroublesCourse outcome addressed in this Assignment:
- PA253-4: Apply ethical rules concerning client fees and law firm billing practices.
- GEL-7.5: Evaluate ethical rules applicable to field of study.
InstructionsPenny Paralegal works for the law firm of Wright & Honour, LLP. Penny must record her time daily on a time sheet. Most of Penny’s tasks during the day can be billed to a certain client. However, Penny also performs other tasks that cannot be billed to any specific client, and this non-billable time must also be recorded on her timesheet. She does not have to record breaks or her lunch hour on the timesheet. Penny is required to have at least 9 billable hours of work completed each day. Penny is allowed to bill travel time to the client.On 11/14/14, Penny spent a lot of time doing online shopping—instead of working- and did not meet her requirement of 7.5 billable hours by the end of the day. In order to meet her billing requirements, Penny decided to add time to the tasks she was able to complete on 11/14/14 and recorded these hours on her timesheet. This timesheet was submitted to her supervising attorney and included the following information:Penny’s Timesheet FormAttorney Honour reviewed Penny’s timesheet and was very upset with the way it was completed. He told Penny that she had incorrectly billed her time for the day and asked her to re-do the timesheet accurately and in accordance with the Model Rules of Ethics. Please use this link to access Penny’s timesheet and complete it accurately. You are to provide a one paragraph description of what Penny did wrong and outline which Model Rule(s) of Ethics was/were violated.Please note that the firm bills time in 6 minute increments, so, for example, .1= 6 minutes, .5=30 minutes, and 1.0=one hour, and so on. Time that cannot be billed to a specific client must be documented on the time sheet as non-billable time, listing “Wright & Honour, LLP” as the client.Make sure that your time accurately represents the tasks and specific time actually spent on each task throughout the day!Blank Timesheet Form11/14/2014: Billing Information for Revised Timesheet
- Case name: Smith v. McDonald’s. Time Billed : 1 hour Actual time: 24 minutes
- Case Name: Jones v. Driver. Time Billed: 1 hour and 12 minutes Actual time: 48 minutes
- Case Name: Badd vs. Bob Hurt. Time billed: 2 hours. Note: The paralegal completed this work at the same time as she was traveling by train, and billing her time, to attend the deposition of Dr. Feelgood.
- Case Name: Injuree v. Falt Description Traveled by train to attend deposition of Dr. Feelgood. Client: Speedy Insurance Company Time Spent: 2 hours
- Description: Spoke with supervising attorney about format for doing initial interviews with new clients. Time Spent: 12 minutes.
- Description: Met with other paralegals on team to discuss conversion of office documents to electronic files. Time Spent :30 minutes
- Case Name: Wounde v. Saffe. Time Billed: 48 minutes, Time Spent: 48 minutes.
- Case Name: Autow v. Walker Description: Time billed: 24 minutes Time Spent: 6 minutes
- Description: Docketed court dates in various cases. Time Spent: 12 minutes
- Case Name: Walco v. Guy Time Billed: 42 minutes ,Time Spent 24 minutes