Anonymous User wrote: ToTransferOrNot wrote: Anonymous User wrote:
ToTransferOrNot wrote:If you're traveling specifically for a client (i.e., you're going to court or something) - yes, most people wouldn't stop billing for gas-pumping time. If you're talking about getting to and from work, that is a ridiculous analogy.
Why's that, hoss? I'm not getting the cup of coffee specifically for that client.
Ugh. This is just silly-season. Point me to any documented disciplinary adjudication where a lawyer got billing-pwned for not flipping the switch when he/she was grabbing coffee (or going to the restroom, etc.)
Wait, I thought the analogy was ridiculous. Now it's not. Now it's about hunting down documented proof? At my firm we're told specifically not to bill this time. Why exactly are your bathroom trips on the client dime again?
The analogy is ridiculous because, when you go to get a cup of coffee, unless you're switching matters, it's no different from taking a 2-minute mental rest - which everyone does, consciously or not (the brain is hard-wired to do this - even if you think you're working constantly, your brain occasionally checks out). On the other hand, if you're on your way to work filling your tank, you aren't momentarily stepping away from a matter that you're already working on. The situations are completely different.
Would you not bill if you were traveling to court for a client matter, and had to stop to fill your tank? You would honestly not bill that .1?