A lawyer shall not make agreement for, charge, or collect unreasonable fee or an unreasonable amount for expenses according to the following factors: 1. the time and labor required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions proposed, and the skill requiesite to perform the legal service properly; 2. the liklihood, if apparent to client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyers; 3. the fee customarily charged in the locality for similar legal services; 4. the amount involved and results obtained; 5. the time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances; 6. the nature and length of professional relationship with the client; 7. the experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the service; and 8. whether the fee is fized or contingent.
The scope of representation and the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible shall be communicated to the client, preferably in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation, except for when the lawyer will charge a regualrly represent3ed client on the same basis or rate. Any changes should be communicated, though.
A fee may be contingent on the outcome fo the matter for which the service is rendered, except for in a criminal case the defendant. Contingent fee shall be in writing signed by the client and shall state the method by which the fee is to be determined, including the percentage that shall accrue the lawyer in the event of settlement, trial or appeal, litigation and other expenses to be deducted from recovery; and whether such expenses are to be deducted before or after the contingent fee is calculated. The client shall be clearly notified for any expenses incurred. A written statement statiting the outcome of the matter and if there is a recovery, showing the remittance to the client and the method of its determination.
No fee shall be collected in domestic relations that is contingent on securing divorce or upon amount of alimony or support, or property settlement in lieu thereof.
Requirements for fees betewen lawyers in different firms; 1. propoertion to service or joint responsibilty for representation, client agrees in writing to the share, and the total fee is reasonable.