Legal Fee Arrangements – Ethical Implications and Practical Applications

Maximum length of instruction time - 180 minutes

Course Description

Attorneys are, first and foremost, professionals dedicated to serving clients. However, lawyers must receive reasonable payment for services rendered in order to run a viable practice. Unfortunately, many unwittingly run afoul of ethical parameters in the context of setting and collecting fees. This program will focus on the provisions of RPC 1.5 and case law including recent developments. Seasoned and novice attorneys alike will benefit from the practical guidance on how to protect fees while staying within ethical boundaries.

Attendees will learn:

  • Essential clauses to include in retainer agreement
  • Effective limitation of scope of representation
  • How to avoid unethical fee arrangements
  • Perspectives on unbundled fees
  • Ethics of fee splitting