Join experienced practitioner Kenneth Craig Dobson for a discussion on how to keep your fees ethical in today's changing legal landscape. In addition to determining how much to charge, lawyers must also consider the fee structure they will use and how they will handle fees once they are paid. Furthermore, in some circumstances, lawyers might increase fees once the case has begun. While engaging in this complex decision-making, lawyers must always consider their fee structure within the context of applicable ethics rules. Examine the many ethical rules that apply to attorneys' fees in order to maintain compliance at all times.
Consider important questions when determining fees such as "How much is too much with respect to legal fees?" or "Is there such a thing as charging too little?"
Define unreasonable expenses
Identify important considerations when choosing a fee structure
Discuss where to deposit upfront, unearned legal fees
Examine when a lawyer can modify a fee agreement to increase legal fees
Review which states rules apply under different circumstances
Kenneth Craig Dobson is owner of Dobson Law LLC where he practices both immigration and ethics law. He has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Furman University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from New England School of Law. During law school, he received CALI awards in both the Law and Ethics of Lawyering and International Business Transactions and served as Editor-in-Chief of the New England Journal of International and Comparative Law.
He previously served as UPL Liaison for the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s Georgia-Alabama Chapter and was appointed by the Supreme Court of Georgia to serve as Chairperson of the District 1 UPL Committee for the State Bar of Georgia from 2014 to 2017. He is currently Chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association’s National Ethics Committee and also a member of the Association of Professional Responsibility’s Cross-Border Practice Subcommittee, which is currently working on proposed amendments to current ABA multijurisdictional practice rules. Additionally, he is a member of New York City Bar Association’s Mindfulness & Wellbeing Committee in Law Committee. In October 2017, he became one of the first National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coaches.
Great program, extremely well organized and presented.
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Great ability to provide insight on the fly to issues presented.