The State Bar of California is seeking public comment on proposed revisions to the sample fee agreement forms. The forms have been revised to conform to new California Rules of Professional Conduct that became effective on November 1, 2018. Included are changes addressing new Rule 1.15 regarding deposit of advanced fees into trust and flat fees, new Rule 1.5.1 on fee splitting between lawyers and a form addressing mediation confidentiality unde new Evidence Code section 1129(a), required when representing a client in mediation.
Drafting an appropriate fee agreement should not be a casual exercise but one given a lot of thought. The State Bar form fee agreements offer a place to start and the revised versions will continue to do so, even if modified after public comment.
May 1, 2019
Direct comments to
Office of Professional Competence, Mandatory Fee Arbitration Program
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105