Bankruptcy Lawyers Prep for New Disclosure Requirements

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Bankruptcy lawyers will soon have to make an array of new disclosures on how they bill clients under guidelines finalized by the U.S. Department of Justice on Tuesday, the first overhaul of bankruptcy billing in 17 years.

Lawyers will have to justify any increases in their hourly rates and will be asked to provide rough budgets. Those were points of contention over the last year as the U.S. Trustee Program, the Justice Department's bankruptcy watchdog, rolled out early drafts of the proposal.

The move marks the first update to fee guidelines since 1996 as high legal costs in bankruptcy cases come under scrutiny from regulators and academics.

This Reuters Article features Bernstein Shur Attorney Robert Keach.

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Topics:  Billable Hours, Billing, Disclosure Requirements, Legal Costs, Trustees

Published In: Bankruptcy Updates

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