Attorney-Client Privilege and Invoices

Attorney-Client Privilege and Invoices

When are bills for legal advice protected from discovery?

Attorneys generally bill time in tenths of an hour, dutifully keeping for clients a contemporaneous record of everything from conversations, to areas of law researched, to summaries and outcomes of court hearings. Those time records are then compiled into a detailed invoice that’s sent to the client. The invoices, prepared by the attorney for the client, often contain the same level of detail as the attorney’s contemporaneously kept time entries. What happens, then, when someo

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