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State Bar of CA's Rules on Attorney's Fees

The State Bar of California rules on attorney fees are set forth in the California Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 4-200, which provides an eleven factor test to determine whether a fee is conscionable. Included are:

  • The amount of the fee in proportion to the value of the services performed.
  • The relative sophistication of the member and the client.
  • The novelty and difficulty of the questions involved and the skill requisite to perform the legal service properly.
  • The likelihood, if apparent to the client, that the acceptance of the particular employment will preclude other employment by the lawyer.
  • The amount involved and the results obtained.
  • The time limitations imposed by the client or by the circumstances.
  • The nature and length of the professional relationship with the client.
  • The experience, reputation, and ability of the lawyer or lawyers performing the services.
  • Whether the fee is fixed or contingent.
  • The time and labor required.
  • The informed consent of the client to the fee agreement.

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