Fw: [APG Public List] client who ignores billing
donna316 at tx.rr.com
Tue Feb 23 00:03:28 MST 2010
The comments regarding submission of work products after a block of 10 hours or so interest me. I assumed that my hesitancy to do that was some failing of mine in efficiency, etc.
During that early period, I also am searching for patterns of settlement and movement, family relationships, puzzles, consistencies, and inconsistencies, and developing a first-stage work product is premature for me if the project is of any complexity at all.
It's almost like I'm filling out a clay model. There is a texture to it eventually, but not at first.
I update my client about my process and direction, and the client does get a sense of a work that is definitely in progress.
Recently, I did have an exception. The client was interested in a particular lineage society (Sons of the Republic of Texas), and I did rule out eligibility for that within a short time. Eventually, I did recognize SAR eligibility, and I sent that information and generational proofs to him. The project was for the client's father, who is advanced in age and quite ill. Although I couldn't find SRT lineage, I did find basis for a supplement he could file to his NSSAR membership. Later I updated my client on two CSA veterans in his direct line, which surprised his father. Then I continued on with the wider scope of the project, which went in additional directions and had other objectives.
I am slow (and tentative) in my work and bill by the project rather than by the hour.
I am much newer to client work than most here, although I'm not a stranger to research and systematic documentation.
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