ALTERNATIVE FEE ARRANGEMENTS


Make your services more affordable, accessible and transparent to low-and moderate-income clients with alternatives to the traditional billable hour. Examples include fixed or flat fees, contingency fees and fee-shifting.


RESOURCES

Pricing Toolkit for attorneys seeking to serve low- and moderate-income clients (Chicago Bar foundation and Justice Entrepreneuers Project, 2016)  


ABA Commission on Billable Hours Report (2001-2002) 


White Paper on Alternative Litigation Finance filed with the ABA House of Delegates (ABA Commission on Ethics 20/20, December 27, 2011)


Compensation Models: Moving Away From The Billable Hour (PowerPoint slides from Trevor Clarke, Director, Chicago Bar Foundation Justice Entrepreneurs Project)



 Let's Kill the Billable Hour (John Lax)


"Dollars and Sense: Fee Shifting"
in Reinventing the Practice of Law

What’s it like to run a practice where you do not charge your clients? Some lawyers rely on fee shifting to expand access to those who may not otherwise be able to afford legal services. 


Value Adjustment Line (Valorem Law Group)


ARTICLES


Alternative fee arrangements: A primer American Bar Association, June 23, 2013)


The Billable Hour Is Dead. Long Live . . . ? (ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division GPSOLO, January/February 2013)


Embrace Alternative Fee Arrangements; Kill the Billable Hour (Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, April 27, 2017)


Ethical Considerations in Flat Fee Arrangements (Wyoming Lawyer Magazine, February 2016) 






Four Alternatives to Hourly Billing for Small Firms (The Missouri Bar)


Marketing Alternative Fee Arrangements (ABA Law Practice Magazine, September/October 2011)


Practice Tips: Stimulating Growth with Alternative Fee Arrangements (State Bar of Wisconsin Wisconsin Lawyer, March 2010)

What Is, and Is Not, an Alternative Fee Arrangement (ABA Law Technology Today, December 10, 2014)


SLIDING-SCALE FEES


Sliding-scale fees are based on a client's ability to pay, often determined by income and family size, derived from the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Sliding-scale fees can either be hourly or flat.


RESOURCES

“Co-Pay Clinics: An Option for Affordable Legal Services” in Reinventing the Practice of Law

This chapter explores nonprofit, sliding-scale, co-pay clinics that have proven successful in delivering legal services for a fee to low- and moderate-income populations.




Directory of nonprofit law firms
, many of which price their services on a sliding scale. Visit each firm's respective page to find specific fee schedule examples.