They Even Charged Me For The Stamp

26 Oct ’07

I got a bill from a lawyer today. The bill was for a few hundred dollars – nothing unusual or unreasonable for the services rendered. But at the bottom of the bill, under “Disbursements”, there was the following: “Postage: 0.52”. The postage, I assume, is for the stamp on this bill.

My dentist doesn’t charge me for postage. Neither does my doctor, my accountant, or anyone else who ever sends me a bill. Sure they build it into overhead, but that’s not the issue. Only my lawyer sends me a bill that charges me for the stamp they use to send me their bill. And this is pretty much all you really need to know about why so many people have such strong negative feelings about lawyers. Honestly, I’m getting really tired of feeling ashamed of my profession.

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