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The Complete Idiot's Guide® To Lawsuits by Victoria E. Green

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Court Costs

Remember “how much justice can you afford?” Well, another expense of pursuing a lawsuit is court costs. The court system charges the parties filing a suit for several reasons. One is to help pay for the court’s overhead. Taxes don’t cover all of the expenses. Another is accountability. Costs help ensure that people are serious about using the court’s services to resolve the problems they face.
Court fees get paid to the court clerk’s office. By law, lawyers aren’t allowed to pay for their clients’ court fees. They may advance the fees for the client, but the client must pay the attorney back. What this means is that the lawyer can pay the court from his own bank account, but the lawyer is then ethically obligated not only to bill ...

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