Family Advocate Spring 2020: Vol. 42, No.4

    Family Advocate Spring 2020: Vol. 42, No.4

    Family Advocate Spring 2020: Vol. 42, No.4

    Collecting attorney fees in family law cases.

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    When it comes to getting paid for work, family law practitioners may be in a more difficult position than their colleagues who represent corporations, insurance companies, or other "faceless" entities. Family law clients may have messy finances and may be experiencing major and stressful lifestyle adjustments. Family law lawyers must establish wise procedures and take routine steps to maximize their ability to get paid and to make sure they do not run afoul of their state rules and ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. We have prepared this issue on attorney fees as a guide to effective and ethical steps for establishing and collecting our fees. Essential topics include drafting effective retainer agreements, establishing reasonable attorney fees that hold up to scrutiny in court, managing risk in involuntary pro bono representations, best practices for forms of payment, third-party payment of legal fees, and ethical billing practices.

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    4/30/2020 12:00:00 AM

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