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Lawyers are not paid to be bean counters or number crunchers, but the truth is that our clients are business people, and they are required to predict, track, adjust and be held accountable for budgets in all of their work projects. It should therefore come as no surprise that those business people have the same expectation of their law firms to which they pay thousands and sometimes millions of dollars for legal services. It is entirely understandable, and totally fair and reasonable, for law firm clients to expect and demand a budget that reflects accurately the anticipated costs in light of whatever information is available at the point at which the budget is being generated. That budget should be flexible and created in a way that allows it to be adjusted as time passes and more information surfaces.

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