OSB Professional Liability Fund

  • Considerations for Contract Lawyers and Firms Who Outsource

    August 08, 2019

    The gig economy isn’t just for Uber and Lyft drivers. Many lawyers make ends meet through legal work on a temporary basis, and many firms are willing to outsource discrete legal tasks. So-called contract work can benefit the contract lawyer, the outsourcing firm, and the client alike, but it also raises practical and ethical concerns that are up to the contract lawyer and outsourcing firm to manage.

    by Lee Wachocki

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  • Establishing Reasonable Fees

    January 25, 2019

    You do legal work for clients, hoping those clients will pay you an amount commensurate with that work. Is it possible to avoid the disconnect between what we think our legal services are worth and what our clients perceive as their value to them?

    by Sheila Blackford

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  • Sharing Fees Outside Your Law Firm

    March 24, 2017

    Sharing legal fees
    Lawyers often ask how to go about sharing legal fees with colleagues or entities outside their law firm. The answer depends on how you arrange the division, and with whom you intend to split the money. Lawyers who split fees as part of a referral arrangement must be careful to follow ethical guidelines, and to also take practical steps to avoid discipline or fee disputes with clients and colleagues.

    by Jennifer Meisberger

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  • Considerations When Charging Fixed Fees

    February 10, 2017

    Charging a fixed legal fee
    Lawyers set fees for clients using a variety of arrangements. Charging a fixed fee, a set price for the services the lawyer provides, offers benefits to both you and the client. In addition, fixed fee agreements may reduce the possibility of fee disputes and increase the likelihood of carefully documenting the scope of representation.

    by Jennifer Meisberger

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