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Fees and Billing

Program Description:
An overview of the Illinois ethics rules covering fees and billing including: the meaning of what constitutes a reasonable fee; what the ethics rule require for fee engagements; retainers; referral fees; and suing a client for unpaid fees.

Program Objectives:
  • Learn about your obligation pursuant to Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct to charge reasonable fees, the eight different factors used in determining whether the fees you are charging are reasonable, as well as the applicability of different kinds of retainers in your fee agreements.
  • Apply the factors and tests discussed to determine if your fees and fee agreements comport with the obligations outlined in Rules 1.5 and 1.15 of the Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Reflect on whether the fees and fee agreements you use in your practice are reasonable under the circumstances of the representation.
  • In addition, you will be provided with information related to the efficacy of using your initial fee agreement to address the potential utilization of certain technologies and electronic communication during the representation.
Important MCLE Notice:
If you have previously viewed this program and received a Certificate of Completion, you may only claim MCLE credit once for this Program within a 12-month period. The ARDC reports individual attorney attendance to the MCLE Board by the 5th of the month subsequent to the date of completion of the MCLE program (for example, September events will be reported by October 5).
Estimated Time:  1 Hour

MCLE Credit:
Total General:  1.00

Total Professional Responsibility:  1.00