Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Fees and Expenses


  • Credit card used to fund a security retainer : 14-01
  • Collecting a fee in excess of an amount allowed by court order : 13-01
  • Use of advance payment retainers in family law matters : 12-19
  • Fee sharing between discharged lawyer and successor lawyer : 12-11
  • Fee for estate planning calculated upon percentage of estate value : 12-02
  • Transfer of dissolved corporate client’s funds held in trust by lawyer to lawyer as fees : 02-02
  • Fee for reduction of lien, common fund doctrine. : 97-08
  • Responsibility for payment of court reporter’s fees : 94-17
  • Disclosure of confidential client information to collect fee or defend against wrongful conduct : 94-10
  • Charging interest on litigation expenses advanced to client : 94-06
  • Deduction of attorney fees from funds held in escrow : 93-17
  • Assisting client to obtain loan to pay attorney fees : 92-09
  • Secretarial overtime : 91-06
  • Entitlement to fee upon determination of conflict and subsequent withdrawal : 90-26
  • Lawyer transferring client funds held in trust for lawyer’s fees : 88-15
  • Interest on past due bills or advanced expenses : 87-10
  • Compensation and reimbursement of witnesses : 87-05
  • Disbarred lawyer fees in contingent matter : 87-03
  • Payment of expert witness contingent on outcome : 86-03
  • Computerized legal research : 85-09
  • Rebate from title insurance company : 799
  • Claim for portion of in-house lawyer’s salary in mortgage foreclosure : 768
  • Non-refundable retainer : 722