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Why Are Written Fee Agreements and (Dis)Engagement Letters Important?

Article: May 15, 2015  |  Law StudentsMalpractice Alerts

WHY ARE WRITTEN FEE AGREEMENTS AND (DIS)ENGAGEMENT LETTERS IMPORTANT?

Recent decisions from several appellate courts highlight the reasons why well-written fee agreements, engagement letters and dis- engagement letters are important. In each of these decisions a concise statement of the representation was lacking.

In Nature’s Grove Development, LLC v. Thomas Law Offices, LLC, 2015-Ohio-835, decided March 2, 2015, the Seventh District Court of Appeals addressed whether the trial court erred in finding that the attorney-client relationship ended when the attorney informed clients he could not represent them in a suit filed against them, due to a perceived conflict.

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