Law Firm Writing Off $928,000 in Client Bills
Columbus, Ohio – The law firm of Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A. is writing off $928,507 in client debt this year to help its clients afford other living expenses. The law firm primarily helps people facing foreclosure and consumers taken advantage of by businesses. The large write-off is part of the firm’s philosophy about ensuring the “little guy” can hire top quality legal representation without going bankrupt. The firm writes off portions of clients’ bills at the end of most cases so that its clients can move on with their lives without having to worry about a lawyer’s final bill.
Most of Doucet & Associates Co., L.P.A.’s clients are unable to pay the firm’s full hourly rate each month, so the firm asks clients to pay a monthly minimum payment against their bill. That charge can range between $20 and $800 per month, depending on the case and the client’s ability to pay. Even if the firm wins or settles the case, it regularly writes off a portion of the remaining bill so their clients can find peace rather than face a lingering attorney’s bill.
The firm’s write-off this year includes work done by the firm’s dedicated pro bono attorney. The firm’s owner, Troy Doucet, hired this attorney after reflecting last Christmas on how the firm could do more good this year. The pro bono attorney is dedicated to helping the poor for free (or at a minimal cost based on income), and has worked closely with The Legal Aid Society of Columbus. The lawyer primarily helps tenants facing eviction from abusive landlords. Mr. Doucet indicates the pro bono position has been a tremendous success serving the poor, and that the firm will continue to fund the position indefinitely into the future.
In summing up his philosophy, Mr. Doucet explains, “We work very hard to protect people from being taken advantage of by others, and I would rather see a home saved from foreclosure than one of our clients risk losing it again because of our bill.” He says he is very proud of his firm’s substantial write-off, indicating his feeling that too many people chase making money rather than focusing on doing good. “This is a terrific time of year to reflect on how we help the less fortunate in our daily lives, and a great time to think about what we can do next year to help even more.” He hopes others find ways to do a little more good in the world, even if that means earning a little less.
Those in Ohio who need help with a legal issue, even if they cannot afford a lawyer, can reach the law firm at (614) 944-5219 or send us a message online.