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The attorney-client relationship is not one that always ends well. The client is able to discharge the attorney at any time, but outstanding legal fees must be addressed. The retainer letter should address the issue of outstanding legal fees and expenses, or the contingency fee arrangement. Normally, the retainer letter provides that the client is responsible for all reasonable fees and expenses incurred up to the termination date. If the fee arrangement is changed during the representation, the court will closely scrutinize it. The former client may not promptly pay the agreed-upon outstanding legal fees, or may claim that the revised fee or contingency schedule was made improperly or under duress.
By Scott Flaherty, Chris Johnson, Meghan Tribe, Roy Strom, Miriam Rozen and Lizzy McLellan
With the new year upon us, law firms have just been through the typical year-end crush of collections, budgeting, compensation decisions and more. The authors recently took a look at 2017's hottest trends, and explored what we could expect from them in 2018.
By Sharon Meit Abrahams
Before starting a training program, conduct a needs assessment when performance is inappropriate or inadequate. This means when one or more attorneys or staff are not doing what they should be doing, or they are doing something they should not be doing. Here's how to proceed.
By Vivian Hood
Although the current news cycle is a barrage of negative situations, the silver lining is that they offer law firms a wealth of teachable moments about the importance of preparing for and responding to a crisis situation.
By Michael P. Maslankammaslanka@fordharrison.com
A Different Perspective
Here are five ideas that lawyers can learn from the military. They just might work for you and your firm.