Can you imagine any profession where someone can lose their ability to earn a living because of the price they charge? The free market people must be freaking out. Can your florist be told by the government that their price for roses has cost them their job? Is that American?
How about the other side? Can any profession charge whatever they want? I am not sure. I think there are some restrictions on health care prices after Obamacare and regulations on electricity/energy companies that take government money/monopolies. I am not really sure, though. I can’t think of any profession that is regulated like lawyers.
An attorney was recently suspended for charging a flat fee instead of an hourly rate!
Who regulates lawyers? The bar association of the state regulates attorneys in that state.
You must be thinking that the guy this lawyer represented must have been a wrongly accused priest, right? Wrong. The guy traveled to a city with the intention of having sexual contact with a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl with whom he had been chatting online. The girl actually was an undercover Clinton County’s Sheriff’s deputy, according to the Quad City Times, and the Clinton County District Court dismissed the charge against Halverson after a federal charge was filed. The accused retained a different attorney to represent him in federal court, according to court documents.
Vilmont spent only 3.7 hours on the case and made $2500. What is the big deal?
William Vilmont, the attorney, got a 30 day suspension for charging a $2,500 nonrefundable retainer. This is big government at its worst.
Flat fee pricing has been all of the rage in recent years. It works better for the client, in many circumstances. Here is an article from this week: Attorney Kendall Jones Launches Flat Fee Legal Services Business PR.com press release. So, should they be disbarred? I don’t think so.
I always think something is up when strange things happen. Something is more than it seems. We don’t know facts that are on the table.
Had the fee been labeled a flat fee which was nonrefundable, would there be a problem? Hard cases make bad law. This is a case that has bad law thrusted upon it. I do flat work fee. Some cases I make more per hour, but some cases I make less. At times I have to do more that I orginally thought when I took the case. Other times my attorney fee being flat worked to my advantage. I took the risk. The client took the risk. That is our business. That is our business deal. This is America. We have freedom to contract over legal goods and services. This is an activist court going to far.
The one thing that stands out to me is the fact that this is a conservative state. How can conservatives interfere with the free market and the right to contract. Unbelievable.
By the way, the guy this attorney represented got 10 years in federal prison. Stay classy, guys. Look whose side you took!
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