From Here to Retainer FeesBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2007Article, Page 636Learn how to craft retainer agreements to define and clarify the scope of your engagement, why it’s important to collect fees up front, and more.
Initial consultations - satisfaction or your money back?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2007LawPulse, Page 398Should lawyers provide free consultations to prospective clients? Discounts to new clients? Refunds of a consult fee to clients who ask for one? ISBA lawyers offer their opinions.
Validity of advance payment retainers for attorneys upheldJuly 2007Illinois Law Update, Page 348On May 3, 2007, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the decision of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirming the Circuit Court of Cook County's judgment ordering DLA Piper to turn over funds from an advance payment retainer paid by defendant Michael Davis.
The trouble with hourly billingBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2007LawPulse, Page 286Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?
Billing GallantlyBy Karen ErgerDecember 2006Column, Page 684"Don't pad your bill" - that's stating the obvious, right? So why must we keep stating it?
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Trial Lawyers’ Top Opinions of 2005By Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr.March 2006Article, Page 122From pre-trial notice requirements to spoliation of evidence, 2005 produced an array of Illinois cases of special interest to the trial bar.
Attorney’s fees are not recoverable absent express statutory or contractual languageFebruary 2006Illinois Law Update, Page 68On December 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Menard County, which held that a contract provision stipulating that the defendant management company would be responsible for "all collection costs" allowed recovery for attorney's fees.
Getting paid, part 2: A new probate pitfall to avoidBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2004LawPulse, Page 62If your client is seeking payment from an estate, make sure you file a claim with the probate court even if the estate representative knows about the debt; that knowledge might not put the estate on the hook, according to a new appellate court ruling.