Monday, July 22, 2013

Not What We Mean In Proposing Alternative Fee Arrangements

A one-year consent suspension has been imposed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.

The attorney was consulted by a potential client in a driving under the influence matter.

He quoted a fee of $1,000 and was told that she did not have the financial resources to retain him.

He proposed and received an alternative fee in the form of oral sex.

There were two additional "payments" and the attorney completed the matter.

As you might expect, the arrangement was not reduced to writing, as required by the Pennsylvania ethical rules.  (Mike Frisch)

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