SAMPLE Fee Agreements…They’re everywhere! Legal research sites, bar associations, blogs, law firm websites, and yes, even malpractice insurance carriers, all have SAMPLE fee agreements a lawyer can download and start using. The trouble is, many of those SAMPLES are WRONG! This program will help you identify the absolutely vital malpractice and ethics issues you must master in order to avoid problems with this standard tool of your practice.
AGENDA: All times local
8:30 A.M. Registration & Coffee
8:50 A.M. Welcome & Course Objectives
9:00 A.M. The QUIZ – A chance to test your knowledge in the latest hot topics in legal malpractice and ethics, and what you need to know to protect yourself from novel malpractice risks and ethics complaints
10:00 A.M. Coffee Break
10:10 A.M. Fee Agreement Building Blocks:
– Client Identity;
– The Scope of the Representation;
– The Rate & Basis of Your Fee
11:10 A.M. Coffee Break
11:15 A.M. Fee Agreement Building Blocks: Continued
– Issues of Withdrawal from the Representation;
– Resolving Disputes;
– Completing the Representation
12:15 P.M. Adjournment
Christian A. Stiegemeyer is the Director of Risk Management for The Bar Plan Mutual Insurance Company and Executive Vice President of The Bar Plan Foundation. He annually conducts more than seventy Risk Management seminars, on a wide variety of ethical and legal malpractice issues, covering current issues concerning professionalism and providing practical solutions for dealing with malpractice and ethical concerns.
Mr. Stiegemeyer also directs The Bar Plan’s Practice Management Program, providing on-site, personalized reviews of lawyers’ law firm practices to help improve risk management and case handling procedures. In addition, Mr. Stiegemeyer responds to The Bar Plan’s ethics and malpractice telephone “Hotline” to timely assist its insureds with issues that arise in their daily practice and has written numerous articles appearing in a variety of national, state and local bar association publications. He received his B.A. from Southeast Missouri State University and J.D. from The Saint Louis University School of Law in 1992.