When it comes to fee disputes, the best line of defense is always prevention. So it’s key to reach a clear understanding about fees with each prospective client before entering a representation agreement. But what should you do if a client refuses to pay what’s rightfully owed, even after efforts to resolve the matter amicably?
Common scenario: You do some work for a client and then pass off the client to another attorney, agreeing to split the attorney fees. Later you want to get your share of the fees. The Rules of Professional Conduct require that you get the client’s written consent to any fee-splitting agreement. Did you get the client’s consent right away, or are you now at the mercy of the other attorney?