It’s been said with good justification that “a lawyer’s pen gets heavier during the fourth quarter.”
Invariably, as the year nears an end, lawyers (and paralegals) scramble to find things to do in their files in order to make their firm’s hourly billing “targets” (i.e., goals) for the year. I also invariably see more “drop-in” or “transient billers” show up in files during the last two months of the year than at any other time in the year as lawyers and paralegals beg their colleagues for work to do.
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