Formal Ethics Opinion 11-458: Changing Fee Arrangements During Representation (downloadable pdf)

    Formal Ethics Opinion 11-458: Changing Fee Arrangements During Representation (downloadable pdf)

    Formal Ethics Opinion 11-458: Changing Fee Arrangements During Representation (downloadable pdf)

    Modification of an existing fee agreement is permissible under the Model Rules, but the lawyer must show that any modification was reasonable under the circumstances at the time of the modification as well as communicated to and accepted by the client.
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    Periodic, incremental increases in a lawyer's regular hourly billing rates are generally permissible if such practice is communicated clearly to and accepted by the client at the commencement of the client-lawyer relationship and any periodic increases are reasonable under the circumstances. Modifications sought by a lawyer that change the basic nature of a fee arrangement or significantly increase the lawyer's compensation absent an unanticipated change in circumstances ordinarily will be unreasonable. Changes in fee arrangements that involve a lawyer acquiring an interest in the client's business, real estate, or other nonmonetary property will ordinarily require compliance with Rule 1.8(a).

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    Center For Professional Responsibility

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    5611100458PDF

    Publication Date

    8/1/2011 12:00:00 AM

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