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65-minute live streaming program
  • October 13
  • 1:00 - 2:05 pm EST

Alternative Fee Arrangements: Ethical Considerations

October 13

Learn the different types of alternative fee arrangements that follow the Rules of Professional Conduct.

In today’s legal market, clients are seeking methods to compensate their attorneys other than the traditional fee based on an hourly rate. The Rules of Professional Conduct limit some of the flexibility in agreeing to the fee arrangements requested, but there are also practical concerns with some of the potential fee agreements, such as disputes regarding the scope of the engagement and the work covered by the fee. This topic will present various fee arrangements that are used and discuss limitations on those arrangements imposed by the Rules of Professional Conduct. The various risks and benefits associated with each type of arrangement will be covered, as well as required documentation. This information will assist the attorney in proposing or agreeing to alternative fee agreements that the clients are seeking.

Topic Outline

The alternative fee arrangement topic is based on both an in-depth reading of the Rules of Professional Conduct and the practical experiences of the program's authors. Content covers different payment options, including flat fees and hourly rates, as well as non-traditional alternatives such as compensation by participating in the client’s venture, third party payments and fee splitting. Conditions under which it is permissible to use a contingency-based fee structure are also covered.

All topics focus equally on an attorney’s legal responsibilities and on the practical matters that should be considered when proposing an alternative fee arrangement for clients. Issues of disclosure, restrictions and required documentation are covered as well.

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Alternative Fee Arrangements for Your Clients is available as an on-demand webinar through Lorman Education Services. You can watch our webinars anytime, from any computer. We also offer instant MP3 download of course materials, or physical delivery of the PDF and MP3 files on a USB flash drive for home study. Choose the option that’s best for you by following the Purchase Options link on this page.

Professional Credits

Successful completion of Alternative Fee Arrangements for Your Clients qualifies the participant to receive continuing legal education credits with many state bar associations. Please see the Credits tab on this page for a state-by-state list.

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The alternative fee arrangement topic is just one of the many professional development options available at Lorman Education Services for attorneys and other legal professionals. For over 28 years, we have been offering innovative alternatives to in-classroom learning for both busy professionals and anyone looking to take their career in a new direction. All classes are taught by highly trained instructors at the top of their field. All you need is an Internet-enabled computer — browse our complete selection of legal webinars and topics today.

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Agenda

Application of Rules of Professional Conduct
  • Rule 1.5 - Basis for Determining a Reasonable Fee
  • Rule 1.4 - Communication Regarding the Fee
  • Rule 1.2 – Scope of Engagement
Fees Based Upon an Hourly Rate
Not to Exceed Fees
Flat Fees
  • General Use
  • Nonrefundable Flat Fees
Compensation by Participating in the Client’s Venture
  • General Use
  • Documentation and Disclosure
Contingency Fees
  • When Impermissible
  • Required Documentation
Third-Party Payor
  • Typical Arrangements
  • Restrictions and Disclosures
Fee Splitting
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Credits

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  • AK CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Alaska Bar Association for 1.0 hours of continuing legal education, including 1.00 hours of ethics continuing legal education.
     
  • AL CLE 1.1 including Ethics 1.1
     
  • This course or a portion thereof has been approved by the Alabama State Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.1 hours' credit, including 1.1 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • AR CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This course has been approved for 1.0 hours of CLE by the Arkansas CLE Board, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • Arizona CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • The State Bar of Arizona does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education requirement. This activity may qualify for up to 1.0 hours toward your annual CLE requirement for the State Bar of Arizona, including 1.00 hours of professional responsibility.
     
  • CA MCLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Lorman Business Center, LLC. is a State Bar of California approved MCLE sponsor and this course qualifies for 1.0 CLE hours of participatory credit, of which includes 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • CT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Neither the Connecticut Judicial Branch nor the Commission on Minimum Continuing Legal Education approve or accredit CLE providers or activities. This course has been approved for CLE credit in jurisdictions aside from CT and therefore it automatically meets the content and delivery requirements in Connecticut. Credit is based on a 60 minute credit hour and shall be awarded as follows: 1.0 CLE credit(s) including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     
  • FL CLE 1.5 including Business Litigation 1.5; Ethics 1.5
     
  • This course has been approved by The Florida Bar for 1.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1.50 hours of ethics credit. This course has been approved by The Florida Bar Certification Plan in the area of Business Litigation for 1.50 hours. Course classification: Intermediate level.
     
  • GA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Georgia Commission on Continuing Lawyer Competency for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.0 ethics hours.
     
  • HI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program was approved by the Hawaii State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours including 1.00 ethics credit hours.
     
  • IA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Alternative Fee Arrangements: Ethical Considerations is accredited under the regulations of the Iowa Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education. It is planned that this program will provide up to a maximum of 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit toward the mandatory continuing legal education requirements under the Iowa rule.
     
  • IL CLE 1.0 including Legal Ethics 1
     
  • This course was approved for a total of 1.0 hours of MCLE Credit by the Illinois MCLE Board. Of that total, credit was approved as Professional Responsibility credit by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism.
     
  • IN CLE 1.1 including Ethics 1.1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education. Participating attorneys are eligible to receive up to 1.1 hours of Distance Education CLE credit which includes 1.1 hour(s) of ethics.
     
  • KS CLE 1.0 including Ethics and Professionalism 1
     
  • This course has been approved by the Kansas Continuing Legal Education Commission for a maximum of 1.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics and professionalism credit.
     
  • MN CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • MO CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Missouri Bar for 1.3 hours of CLE, including 1.3 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • MS CLE 1.1 (Pending)
     
  • This program has been submitted to the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education. Approval pending.
     
  • NC CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • ND CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been reviewed by the North Dakota Commission for Continuing Legal Education and approved for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • NH MCLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • NH MCLE does not approve or accredit CLE activities for the NH Minimum CLE requirement. Lorman Education Services believes this course meets the requirement of NH Supreme Court Rule 53 and may qualify for CLE credit(s). This Program contains 60 minutes of legal ethics credit.
     
  • NJ CLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 1.3 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.3 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professional responsibility.
     
  • NM CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the New Mexico Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • NV CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Nevada Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NY CLE 1.0 including Ethics and Professionalism 1
     
  • This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York Continuing Legal Education Board for up to a maximum of 1.0 credit hours in the area(s) of Ethics and Professionalism for 1.00 hour. Each hour may be counted only as satisfying one category of credit. Duplicate credit for the same hour of instruction is not permitted. This course qualifies for both established and newly admitted attorneys. Lorman Business Center, LLC. has a financial hardship guideline. Please contact customer service at 1.866.352.9539 for instructions on how to apply.
     
  • OH CLE 1.0 including Professional Conduct 1
     
  • This course has been approved by the Ohio Supreme Court Commission on Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE credit hours, including Professional Conduct for 1.00 hour. Please note: In order to receive OH CLE credit for this audio conference you MUST use the streaming option and enable and complete the required progress checks. This course is considered Self-Study. No more than twelve (12) hours of self-study CLE credit for any biennial reporting period may be earned by an Attorney or Judge under Regulation 409.2.
     
  • OR CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • Approved for 1.0 CLE credits in Oregon, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • PA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This Distance Learning program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 hour including 1.00 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.
     
  • RI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Rhode Island Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Commission for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • TN CLE 1.08 including Dual 1.08
     
  • This program has been approved as a distance learning format by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 1.08 hours of credit, including 1.08 hour of dual credit.
     
  • UT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Utah State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 CLE hours, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • VA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 1.0 CLE credit hours, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • VT CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board of Vermont for 1.0 hours of CLE credit, including 1.00 hour of ethics credit.
     
  • WA CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Washington State Board of Continuing Legal Education for 1.0 hours of credit, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WI CLE 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program has been approved by the Board of Bar Examiners for 1.0 hours for use toward the Wisconsin Mandatory CLE requirement, including 1.00 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • WV MCLE 1.3 including Ethics 1.3
     
  • This program has been approved by the West Virginia State Bar MCLE Commission for 1.3 MCLE hours, including 1.3 hours of ethics credit.
     
  • NALA 1.0 including Ethics 1
     
  • This program is applicable for continuing legal assistant education credit. Please check with your accrediting board to see if this course will qualify towards your recertification requirements. Program Length: 1.0 hour(s) including 1.00 hour(s) of ethics credit.
     

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Faculty

John A. Snow

John A. Snow

Parsons Behle & Latimer

  • Attorney with Parsons Behle & Latimer, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Practice consists of general civil litigation, including commercial, professional malpractice, construction, and insurance coverage and defense
  • Designated in The Best Lawyers in America as Lawyer of the Year in litigation, real estate, and construction law; and designated in the areas of practice of legal malpractice defense, commercial litigation, and construction
  • Designated in Utah Business magazine’s Utah Legal Elite in the areas of business and civil litigation and construction law, and as a Super Lawyer in the Mountain States in Super Lawyer Magazine
  • Chair of the Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee of the Utah State Bar
  • Can be contacted at 801-536-6772 or [email protected]
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Product ID: 410143
Published 2022
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