Monday, September 1, 2008

Natick, Mass. Lawyer to Use Paralegal to Collect Back Taxes

The town of Natick, Mass. hired David DeLuca, an attorney with Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane of Quincy, to assist in collecting money owed to the town in back taxes. The combined figure of outstanding taxes is $1.5 million, but the town realistically expects to collect around $500K.

DeLuca will be paid an hourly rate of $115 per hour. Much of the work, however, will be done by a paralegal who will bill the town for $85 an hour. [Emphasis added.]

The town will have to file litigation in state court to collect the taxes, but the actual court appearances are minimal. It is the tracking and due diligence that comprises the bulk of the work, and assigning a paralegal will keep costs down for Natick.

(Source: The MetroWest Daily News)

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