Up-Front Atty Fees Should Be Put In Escrow: DC Court

Law360, New York (September 25, 2009, 2:27 PM EDT) -- In deciding to sanction a Washington attorney, a District of Columbia appellate court has said that lawyers should place flat fees paid up front by clients in a trust account.

In a decision Thursday, a three-judge panel of the District of Columbia's Court of Appeals said money paid by a client as a flat fee for legal services remains the client’s property and that counsel may not treat any portion of the money otherwise until the fee is earned, unless the client has agreed otherwise....
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