"Review of Office Action; Consideration of further course of action in view of Examiner's rejection; Review of Prior Art cited by Examiner (if applicable); drafting of proposed amendment and forwarding of same to client for review; discussion with client regarding proposed amendment; revision of amendment (if applicable) and filing of same with Patent & Trademark Office; reporting of same to client"
Coffee Cups: 100 @ #0.xx per cup.
Saucers: 100 @ #0.xx per saucer.
Spoons: 100 @ #0.xx per cup.
Sugar: 50 @ #0.xx per package.
Cream: 10 tables at @ #0.xx per table.
The bill shown above (click to enlarge) is poorly done. The description is too sketchy. Affidavit? For what? And there is more to "preparing an Affidavit" than merely "preparing" it. You have to sit down with the person attesting and get their statement, write it up, proofread it, go over it with the client, make corrections, and finalize it. Put that all in there!
And the hours - you spent only "1.1" hours on it? I would think more than that. Put in all your hours and then write off the excess.
Ahhh! That's the real trick. Put down all your hours in the project and then indicate what you are writing off to "courtesy" to bring the bill in line with expectations. The client appreciates you are giving them a discount - and that you put more time into the project that most other attorneys would do.
Like I said, billing is an art. And different businesses have different secrets and tricks to billing. Sadly, a lot of people look at billing as an onerous chore, and thus end up creating bad bills which result in client phone calls and a lot of bad feeling on both sides.
Worse yet, though, is an attorney I know (now deceased) who cut-to-the-chase and simply spent all his time generating bills without doing any legal work at all. Yes, that is fraud, and had he lived, he likely would have been disbarred.
Obviously, there is a happy medium here!