Seven Commandments for Drafting Ethical Fee Agreements (Family Advocate, Vol. 33, No. 2)
Evan Marks & Carolyn W. West
eeping your fee agreement ethical begins before you take the client. Under current law, the old rules of hourly rate multiplied times hours reasonably expended still apply, technically. But especially in family law cases, appellate courts are scrutinizing the size of the fee in relation to the size of the issues involved, and the trend of calling out and criticizing lawyers in family cases suggeest that we might have to start rethinking how we calculate our fees and communicate them to our...