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ABA Journal: Let's Be Reasonable

October 24, 2009 | Posted in : Article / Book, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Expenses / Costs, Fee Agreement, Fee Dispute


 In the March 2008 edition of the ABA Journal, Let's Be Reasonable reviews the large body of law and opinion on fee agreements. The article concludes, "Even though ABA Model Rule 1.5 generally doesn't require written fee agreements, lawyers are much better situated to meet the rule's reasonableness standard when they have entered into a written, fully informed fee agreements with their clients at the inception of representation. But lawyers also must assure that fees (along with expenses) are inherently reasonable within the context of the representation. And lawyers should think twice before charging clients for fees associated with withdrawing from the representation, resolving fee disputes or responding to disciplinary complaints."