Clients want the best product available at a reasonable price, and while associates cannot control the rates for which their time is billed, they can control the cost of their research.

When conducing initial research for a new matter you can cut back on client expenses by utilizing free online resources such as Google Scholar, Findlaw.com and Google patent search. These search engines are a cost-effective alternative to resources like Westlaw or Lexis. Reevaluating your initial research steps will save money for the client, and in turn, please the partner whom you’re working for.

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