Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Attorney Fees

Are You SURE You Have a Written Fee Agreement With Your Client?

September
2019
Article
Page 18

Enforcing Judgements and Collection Fees

May
2019
Article
Page 20
An attorney has a judgment against a former client for attorney's fees. So, now what?

A Consistent Position

By James F. McCluskey
April
2019
Column
Page 8
The ISBA continues to support the longstanding ban on fee sharing with nonlawyers; meanwhile, the ARDC and the Chicago Bar Foundation have revised their arguments for lifting it.

Fairer Fees for All

By Rhys Saunders
April
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
New court fee, fine, and cost schedules, with low-income litigants in mind.

A Firm Stance

By James F. McCluskey
February
2019
Column
Page 8
As the Illinois Supreme Court weighs options for fee sharing with nonlawyers, the ISBA remains opposed.

What You Might Have Forgotten About Billing Clients

By David M. Neff
January
2019
Article
Page 32
Start the new year by taking a few minutes to assess your billing and fee-collecting practices.

A non-attorney plaintiff may not collect legal fees charged to defendant

December
2018
Illinois Law Update
Page 14
On Sept. 14, 2018, the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois held that a plaintiff, who is not an attorney, cannot, under any circumstances, receive compensation for any legal services under Illinois law.

My Pillow Case, Well Rested

By Pete Sherman
November
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
The Illinois Supreme Court rules against a Chicago law firm seeking legal expenses in its qui tam action against a pillow company.

Herding Fees

By Pete Sherman
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
Signed into law in August, the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act standardizes court fees, takes effect next July, and sunsets in 2021.

Weighing in on Fee Sharing

By Rhys Saunders
October
2018
LawPulse
Page 12
ISBA raises concerns with ARDC study examining for-profit matching services.

The Future of For-Profit Referral Services?

By Pete Sherman
August
2018
LawPulse
Page 10
As the ARDC releases a study on for-profit matching services, Avvo disrupts its business model.

Chicago firm’s new client-centric website opens up about fees

By Matthew Hector
December
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
Levenfeld Pearlstein's website redesign pulls back the curtain on billing options and adds other features that put the focus on clients and their needs.

House proposes to cap attorney’s fees for worker’s compensation claims at 15% rather than 20% of recovery

August
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Illinois House proposed a bill that would limit attorney's fees that are allowable in a worker's compensation case, but not across the board.

Law firm offers second opinions for clients

By Matthew Hector
July
2017
LawPulse
Page 12
Chicago-based Valorem Law Group offers second opinions to clients who have questions about the legal advice they've been getting.

From the Newsletters - Referring cases the right way

June
2017
Article
Page 22
Referring cases can be good for clients and the referring attorney - just make sure you know what your obligations are.

Supreme court clarifies law on determining contribution for attorney fees

June
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
The Illinois Supreme Court addressed inconsistencies in awarding contributions toward attorney fees by pointing out that case precedent and the statutory language of 750 ILCS 5/508 complement one another.

High court tackles division of attorney fees in divorce

By Matthew Hector
May
2017
LawPulse
Page 10
The court ruled that spouses can seek attorney fees from the other party in divorce if their "financial stability" would otherwise be undermined.

Earned fees are not “available” for disgorgement

April
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 22
Attorney fees paid for services rendered or expenses previously incurred are not "available" for disgorgement.

From the Newsletters - 3 Steps for Recovering Postjudgment Attorney Fees

March
2017
Article
Page 37
So you won a judgment - now you have to collect it. Take these three steps to ensure you can recover collection-related attorney fees and costs.

Recovery of attorney’s fees for obtaining recovery against third party in workers’ compensation action includes valuation of future medical payments

February
2017
Illinois Law Update
Page 20
Plaintiff was seriously injured while working on a construction project for the defendant, Panduit Corporation.

Court reverses contempt order regarding failure to disgorge attorney’s fees to pay opposing party’s interim attorney’s fees

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
In an unusual case where neither of the divorcing parties participated in the appeal, a former attorney for the respondent secured the reversal of a contempt order against him and the underlying interim fee order.

Second district holds that referral fee agreements need not include provision regarding attorneys’ joint assumption of financial responsibility

December
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
The Second District of the Illinois Appellate Court recently held that a written referral agreement for division of attorneys' fees did not have to contain an express statement that the lawyers assumed joint financial responsibility for representing the client.

Attorney fees appropriate in termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings subsequent to divorce

August
2016
Illinois Law Update
Page 18
On May 27, 2016, the Appellate Court of Illinois held that the court may award attorney fees to a party in cases involving termination of parental rights and adoption proceedings under section 508 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA).

From the Discussions

March
2016
Article
Page 54
Should you charge a consultation fee? How do you find an out-of-state child?

Can Debtors Discharge Divorce-Based Attorneys’ Fees in Bankruptcy?

February
2015
Column
Page 50
In Chapter 7, no; in Chapter 13, maybe.

Maximizing Your Recovery in Fee-Shifting Cases

By Andy Norman
February
2015
Article
Page 32
Many federal and state actions provide for attorney fee-shifting, making a range of cases attractive that otherwise would not be. Here are tips for maximizing your recovery.

Can You Accept Bitcoins as Payment?

By Bailey E. Cunningham
January
2015
Column
Page 44
The short answer is "yes," but make sure you follow the ethics rules.

Recovering court costs and attorney’s fees in administrative appeals

January
2015
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Pursuant to amendments to the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, if a municipal code hearing officer's decision is reversed by a court in an administrative review action, the plaintiff is entitled to all reasonable costs (including court costs and attorney's fees), provided that:

Divorcing spouses must share the cost of attorney fees - even fees already paid

By Adam W. Lasker
November
2013
LawPulse
Page 554
The Illinois Supreme Court holds that a financially strapped divorcing wife can require her husband's lawyer to turn over already-paid fees to help finance her own legal expenses.

New supreme court rules a boon to limited-scope representation

By Adam W. Lasker
August
2013
LawPulse
Page 386
Amended Rules 11, 13, and 137 create business opportunities for lawyers by making it easier to represent clients for part, but not all, of a lawsuit or transaction.

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