If you have to hire a lawyer to watch your lawyer, you are paying twice when maybe you shouldn't be paying once. When you interview a new lawyer, pay attention to who does more of the talking, you or the lawyer. Listen to how many times the lawyer uses the first person pronouns in conversation. Generally it's the lawyers who are more interested in themselves than in you who bill without regard to whether they are creating value for you. Lawyers who are client centered always keep in mind whether the client can or should pay for what they are doing. Lawyers who are self centered look to their own interests before the clients'.
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It sounds like you need to find a flat-fee attorney. A flat-fee attorney charges one set amount for a particular type of case. For the majority of issues that an individual would need an attorney, there are attorneys out there that offer representation for a flat fee. Unless you are a business entity, or have some other complex legal situation, this should satisfy your legal and financial needs.
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