Arizona Rule of Professional Conduct 7.2 (b) prevents a lawyer from giving something valuable to a person because he has recommended to potential clients the services of that lawyer. On the other hand, standard rules of professional behaviour allow for compensation for recommendations when a non-exclusive agreement is announced to the client. Under standard rules, lawyers can accept the allocation of transfer fees. In other words, if a client comes to a lawyer with a question outside of this lawyer practice, and the lawyer recommends that they seek the services of another lawyer, the second lawyer can pay the first for the recommendation. Some jurisdictions allow such regulations, but Arizona rules do not have such an allowance. These traditional transfer fees are prohibited by Arizona Rule 7.2 (b). However, there are scenarios where lawyers can share costs with other lawyers, even those from different companies. The Arizona Supreme Court has rules that apply to pricing agreements. First, the contract must be written and a copy of the agreement must be given to the customer. However, this does not mean that the client must sign the contract, but the client`s fee contract must be written. It is earned after receipt, which means that once the client pays the fees to the lawyer, the money is the lawyer`s money and is no longer the client`s money.
If it is different, in an hourly contract where the client pays a storage contract in advance, the money the client pays in advance remains the client`s money and must be in the lawyer`s trust account until the lawyer has actually done work to earn it. On a flat, non-refundable, earned fee, the money is the lawyer once he or she gets it, and it goes into their operating account. Our experienced lawyers can help. We check your pricing agreements and billing methods with you and help you develop a more comprehensive and effective practice so you can avoid future problems when your legal fees are due. There are basically two ways lawyers make the case with flat rate agreements. The first is a package for the whole case, that is, it begins at the beginning of the case or when the lawyer begins to represent the client on the merits and involves representation throughout the case. A second way to make a package, and the way many lawyers do it is that they do the business in part. They say, “I`m going to start the case and I`m going to do it to the point where you should decide whether they`re pleading guilty or defining the case for trial; and if you want to put the object to the sample, it will be a supplement for the sample. Many lawyers do; I am not doing it because I do not think it is in a client`s best interest to do so; there are many times when we have to go to court, even though we do not have a trial version, because it is in the client`s best interest to determine the case for review. Or, it is often in the best interest of the client to do a study, and money considerations should not be the deciding factor. For these agreements, the fine point in court costs is “per trial,” which means that there is an erroneous procedure, often with a suspended jury, the client must pay an additional trial fee. Almost all fee agreements terminate representation in the event of dismissal or conviction, so that remedies are not included. In Arizona, there are three types of conservation agreements that lawyers can use.
The first is a conditional pricing agreement; Conditions under which legal fees depend on the outcome of the case. This is most often used in the case of personal injury and is unethical for use in criminal proceedings, and therefore cannot be used in a DUI case.