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Sunday, March 13, 2011

So How Do You Budget for an Appeal?

No, I mean not counting attorneys' fees. You have to figure in the cost of the Reporter's Record. You have to make arrangements to pay the reporter--usually half of the estimated cost of preparing the record before the work starts and the other half on completion. Documents for the United States Supreme Court require a speciality printer.There are filing fees, travel expenses for oral argument. If you can pay for moot court judges, you should. You should find former appellate judges or intellectually strong former trial judges, or just law experts to participate in an early moot court. If you can have a professional proofreader and editor review your brief, you should.
Really, it can get expensive. And I haven't mentioned anything about supersedeas here.Litigation budgeting and value billing: Materials prepared for a continuing legal education seminar held in Vancouver, B.C. on March 29, 1990

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