Despite efforts to understand a lawyer`s fees or settlement practices, some discrepancies may arise. You should first discuss with your lawyer any discrepancies you have about fees or charges. Most complaints specific to fees are not dealt with by the professional rules of lawyers and therefore do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Florida Bar Disciplinary Authority. If a client indicates that a dispute involves illegal or clearly excessive fees, the Law Society may investigate this right through its regulatory system. Otherwise, florida Bar offers a unique national pricing program to resolve disputes between attorneys and clients over attorneys` fees. The arbitration program is voluntary and both parties must therefore agree to conciliation. (iii) Subject to the provisions of 4-1.5(f)4(4) (b) and (ii) a lawyer who enters into an agreement for a legal action or a right to medical liability has indeed caused or collected a fee, compensation depends in whole or in part on the success of the suit or settlement, to indicate the language of Article I, Section 26 of the Florida Constitution to the Client in writing and orally informs the Client therewith, that:a. In the case of a medical liability claim involving contingency costs, the plaintiff is entitled to at least 70% of the first $250,000 of all damages suffered by the plaintiff, at no reasonable and customary costs, whether received by judgment, settlement or otherwise, and regardless of the number of defendants. 2.
Any lawyer who accepts a lawyer or who makes an explicit or tacit agreement on compensation for the services provided or to be provided, provided in connection with an act, claim or proceeding in which the lawyer`s compensation must be wholly or partly subject to the successful prosecution or settlement of that condition may do so only: if this fee agreement is reduced to a written contract signed by the client and by a lawyer of the lawyer or firm representing the client. No lawyer or firm may participate in the fees without the written consent of the client. Any participating lawyer or participating law firm signs the contract with the client and undertakes to assume joint legal responsibility towards the client for the provision of the relevant services, as if any partner were the other lawyer involved or the other law firm involved. The customer is informed of a copy of the signed contract and any subsequent communication or consent. For such fee contracts, all the provisions of this Regulation shall apply. . . .