New York 22 NYCRR 1400 et seq, requires matrimonial lawyers to bill their clients at least every 60 days (1400.3). The bills must be written and itemized.
A Long Island lawyer who handled a matrimonial action for a client in Suffolk County was denied the right to recover legal fees earned due to her failure to follow these rules. She didn’t bill from February to June. The Court would not allow her to be paid for work performed because she failed to bill at least once every 60 days. Spend some time this week billing out your matrimonial cases.
Read the full text of Verkowitz v. Torres here.
Hat tip to Allison Shields. Read her article on how to avoid this result.