Gregory v. Gregory: A lawyer representing the petitioner in a child custody case moved for an order to have the respondent pay the attorney fees.
By Laura Morgan, Family Law Consultant
Stipulation of settlement between parties, following child support award, in which wife agreed to indemnify husband against claims made by her former counsel, who was not party to the stipulation, did not bar former counsel’s claim that husband, as the monied spouse, was responsible for attorney fees.
Laura Morgan is a Family Law Consultant. Laura is available for consultation, brief writing and research on family law issues throughout the country. She can be reached through her website. www.famlawconsult.com
Your attorney-client agreement should not only state your fee arrangements with your clients, it should also define your professional relationship with your client – from the scope of your representation, to the duties and responsibilities, to how to maintain confidentiality. With a little bit of forethought, you can place provisions in your agreement that can greatly assist you with client and case management, and possibly avoid malpractice or ethical claims from being filed against you.