What Clients Should Know About How Attorney Ethical Rules Impact Billing for Legal Fees & Costs

If you were to ask a group of lawyers to name an ethical rule that applies to billing for fees, I would suspect at least 90% would name Rule 1.5 Fees – probably because it is the only ethical rule that has the word “fees” in the title!

Now ask those same lawyers to name other ethical rules that may also apply to fee billing and you would probably get mostly puzzled looks. For based upon my own experience in counseling scores of lawyers over the years on ethical issues involved in fee billing, I doubt that 1 in 100 lawyers could correctly name  another ethical rule, let alone several other ethical rules, that might also apply to their billing for fees and costs.

So what are the other attorney ethical rules that apply to billing for fees and costs? Among them are  . . .

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