Articles on Engagement Letters

Engagement letters for estate planning representations By Dan Ebner Trusts and Estates, January 2018 Engagement letters help lawyers avoid conflicts, set expectations about fees, and lay out other parameters of the attorney-client relationship.
Beware the pitfall: Avoiding ethical lapses in client intake By Kyle Stevens Young Lawyers Division, June 2016 A discussion of some of the ethical issues regarding client retention and non-engagement letters.
Timesheets and billing tips By Kevin J. Stine Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, March 2014 The author provides some thoughtful tips to help you draft successful timesheets, and a sample engagement letter to use as a guide.
Terms of engagement By Darrell Dies Trusts and Estates, January 2010 If using an engagement letter is a foreign concept to you, then you will benefit from reviewing this article, which summarizes a couple of the new Rules of Professional Conduct adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court that became effective January 1, 2010
Trouble, with a capital “T” By Michael J. Rooney Real Estate Law, August 2007 There can be some serious pitfalls facing a lawyer who neither knows nor clarifies who the client is and what that client really wants to accomplish.
The scope of an engagement By Myles Jacobs & Robert Duffin Real Estate Law, June 2007 When one is retained to do legal work for a client, normally the scope of work to be done is reasonably clear.
More on engagement letters By Donald E. Weihl Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, October 2004 In the October, 2002 issue of The Bottom Line (Vol. 24, No. 1), a number of suggestions and examples of appropriate subject matter for engagement letters were discussed.

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