Panel Discussion with the Counsel to the D.C. Bar Legal Ethics Committee and other practitioners involving important elements to include in retainer letters in order to avoid conflicts and disputes, including potential consequences of not having a retainer letter, and need for disengagement letter. Specific issues addressed would include identifying who is the client, what the lawyer's role will be and the scope of work, how services will be billed (flat vs hourly), increasing rates, handling the retainer and IOLTA accounts, time at which IOLTA funds can be withdrawn, and refund of retainers. If there is enough time, the scope of the discussion could include fee disputes and arbitration options.
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Ellen Fishbein, Ellen K. Fishbein Attorney at Law
Benjamin Grosz, Ivins, Phillips, Barker Chartered
Saul Singer, Legal Ethics Counsel, D.C. Bar
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