Update on the case: the judge issued a tentative decision holding that my survey correctly locates the disputed line based on the agreed boundary doctrine. It'll be a couple of months before the judgment is finalized, and the plaintiff will then have 60 days to appeal, but I'm celebrating anyway.
Chalk one up for the good guys.
I've only just got around to looking at this thread. I, too, hate all the hassle of court apprearancers so I try to point them towards mutual agreement by quoting my charge-out rate for Court Time as "75% of the representing lawyer's rate".
Tends to work wonders -the lawyer dare not tell the client that my rate is extortionate, so has to accept it. There is then great pressure on the lawyer to ensure that I don't have to claim that rate.