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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

The cost of filing a copyright for an updated filing would generally be the same as the original one. The amount of work isn't much different and there are good reasons why every new version of ...
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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

The US copyright office fees page shows that a standard copyright application may be filed online for $65. The page about registering other digital content (which includes computer programs) offers a ...
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Lawyer says bumping software’s minor version would cost $2k to “refile” copyright paperwork. Is this typical?

I won't reiterate the points already made in David Siegel's and ohwilleke's fine answers about whether paying $2000 to a lawyer for copyright registration (or even filing a copyright registration for ...
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How to write a correct and effective introductory letter to an attorney?

It would be unusual to make an initial inquiry to an attorney by letter. There is too much give and take required at that stage and a phone call or an initial meeting in person would be much more ...
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How to write a correct and effective introductory letter to an attorney?

I think you would do much better to describe the situation, and the result you wish to achieve. Include enough detail for the lawyer to understand the nature of the case, but keep it brief. More ...
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Are lawyers allowed to keep charging money after termination?

Yes. Usually a lawyer can charge until a court formally withdraws him from representing you in a case for representation in that case (even if a new lawyer has entered an appearance and you have ...
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Trying to get my money back from an attorney

It isn't 100% clear from the question if a case has been filed in court, or someone was just planning on filing a lawsuit, which is an important fact. It seems like the ex filed a court case and you ...
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what criteria do lawyers, in particular patent lawyers, use to determine whether or not to accept a case?

Factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a matter: competence whether the matter is within one's area of practice conflicts of interest capacity client's ability to pay, general demeanor, ...
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Can a lawyer use privileged information to collect fees from a client?

Yes. The lawyer can use this information. The privilege is a privilege against involuntary disclosure to third-parties. There is a parallel duty of confidentiality not to disclose information revealed ...
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Lawyer knows trial is hopeless but tells client they can win

Such an action by the lawyer is certainly unethical, but there is no automatic or routine mechanism to detect it and give better advice to Rob, at least not in the US. Rob could get a second opinion, ...
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If the US federal government is sued for not abiding by it own laws, can it then be sued for the legal expenses due to the lawsuit?

Short Answer No. The immigration applicant is generally not entitled to his or her attorney fees in this situation, even though the government is violating one of its own laws. Long Answer The Black ...
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Under which conditions after winning a trial in California you can claim for compensation to cover attorney expenses?

Whether one can recover attorneys fees after litigation in California depends upon the nature of the case. Their amount may be affected by the nature of the judgment. The general rule is each party is ...
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Is it legal for a law firm or some company to bill a client for a report on substantiated expenses if the client were to ask for that information?

The analysis is different for law firms and lawyers, who have an ethical obligation to charge "reasonable fees" (in the U.S. pursuant to various versions of Rule of Professional Conduct 1.5) ...
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Is there a legal recourse against an attorney who doesn't return unused portion of retainer back to client?

This is probably a serious (disbarrable) violation of professional ethics by the attorney, which could be reported to the agency in the state where the attorney is licensed that handles attorney ...
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Can one contract a non-lawyer to represent them in court and get the other party pay for fees?

No If they do not earn a reward they can give legal advice but they cannot represent you. From s24 of the Lawyers and Conveyancers Act 24 Reserved areas of work for lawyers and incorporated law ...
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How hard is it to modify a standing order not to take child out of state?

One GA court clerk informed me that the interpretation of the standing order (an order that seems to be standard for the jurisdiction or the state) is interpreted differently by various judges in that ...
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Was not given notice of court date, checked months later and had a bench warrant

What are my options in this case, and if I hire an attorney, would I be reimbursed for this? You should hire an attorney to negotiate a dismissal of the charges based upon the fact that you did ...
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Percentage guidelines for unreasonable vs reasonable attorney's fees?

When you're dealing with hourly billing, it's rare for the courts to get involved in determining what is and is not reasonable. The thinking seems to be that the market is a better judge than the ...
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Reasonable Attorney Fees

I regret to inform you that it is unlikely you would be able to make a spreadsheet to calculate "reasonable atty's fees". You could make one for filing for reasonable atty's fees, but the ...
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Is it legal to report the amount paid to the lawyer minus the disbursements lawyer had made by tax-year's end in 1099-NEC "Nonemployee compensation"?

No The IRS says If you paid someone who is not your employee, such as a subcontractor, attorney or accountant $600 or more for services provided during the year, a Form 1099-NEC needs to be completed,...
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Legal expenses liability of insurance paid attorney fees

The Association has paid the fee The fact that the Association had an insurance policy that meant their insurer indemnified them doesn’t mean that the Insured wasn’t liable for the fee. The insurer ...
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Any extreme circumstance when a substantially probably prevailing party can ask for some immediate injunction that they be provided attorney's fees?

Absent a divorce or termination of parental rights case (and certain cases of a probate/trust character), this would almost never happen. In divorce, probate and trust cases, the party may have an ...
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Any extreme circumstance when a substantially probably prevailing party can ask for some immediate injunction that they be provided attorney's fees?

This is not a thing that can happen. If the case is in federal court, 28 U.S. Code § 1915 permits the court to appoint counsel to represent an indigent plaintiff. In state courts, my understanding is ...
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How to write a correct and effective introductory letter to an attorney?

No, this is not a good example of an introductory letter to an attorney. A letter is generally going to be an ineffective way of reaching out to an attorney, and this one is not any better. When I ...
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How much money do I have to pay if I lose in court as a plaintiff?

In California, like much of the USA, legal fees are rarely recoverable from the other side. The winning side still pays their own fees. There are exceptions to this- the most common being when it's ...
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Lawyer knows trial is hopeless but tells client they can win

In the U.S. this is a good way for Rob's lawyer to get himself disbarred. The American Bar Association has rules of professional conduct, including a list of duties to clients. The hypothetical ...
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Where/How can I find law abiding non-lawyers to provide high-quality information and assistance for pursuing a California arbitration case?

One common type of assistant you can use is called a legal document assistant. You can find LDA's on CALDA's website. To narrow down your choices you can choose Mediation from the LDA Services ...
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