CLE Program Details

Program Title: Professionalism Series: Attorney Alternative Billing Options and Their Ethical Considerations
Total CLE Hours: 1.00
General CLE Hours: 1.00
Professionalism or Ethics CLE Hours: 1.00
Registration Fee: $ 8.00

This program has been approved for 1.0 hours of Professionalism Credit by the Illinois Commission on Professionalism.


Attorney Alternative Billing Options and Their Ethical Considerations” provides the viewer with a workable understanding of billable time for professional services that starts with the most basic form of billing, the “billable hour.” The presentation quickly moves on to work with everything from discounts on hourly rates to success fees, flat fee agreements and bond arrangements. Each billing form, including the billable hour is subject to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and must conform with the requirements of those guidelines or an attorney can face discipline from the ARDC. The seminar will highlight particular points of contention between clients (the source of most complaints sent to the ARDC) and attorneys. More than simply addressing how to avoid censure, this seminar delves into billing from a fundamental level to provide an understanding and realm of reference for debate and discourse on the ramifications of billing on the profession as a whole.


Attorney Alternative Billing Options and Their Ethical Considerations provides the following learning objectives:


1) To increase the lawyer's understanding of Alternative Fee Arrangements by using established definitions

2) To prepare an attorney to set up their own fee agreements through use of specific examples of successful and failed alternative fee agreements.

3) To explain the requirements of Rule 1.5 on fees, reasonableness of fees, and staying within the rule's scope when drafting fee agreements that are non-traditional

4) To explore some of the arguments for and against an attorney's ability to ethically use alternative billing methods.

5) To prepare an attorney to deal with the external ethical implications of taking on clients in riskier financial positions using alternative fee agreements.

6) To prepare a lawyer to establish Alternative Fee plans with existing and potential clients.


Materials provided with the program

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Written Material Video Material
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Approved for CLE credit in these Jurisdictions: IL
Available Formats Windows media, iPod, Quicktime, Flash video
Presenter: Audrey H. Rubin