One of the many ways to save money when dealing with an attorney – let’s be clear about this – is to be clear with the attorney when requesting their service. Pausing for a couple of minutes before calling the lawyer to clarify in our own mind what we want them to accomplish can save time. And with an attorney, ...time saved is money saved. Think of it as a race to communicate the request as clearly as possible, in as short a conversation as possible, and then to clearly limit the time-frame and scope of the task to be done. Set a maximum cost for the project (as we’ve suggested previously) and then politely stick to it. For using a service that charges by the hour (actually, by the minute) – like many attorneys do – it is important to plan to be very clear with requests and assignments.