Fee Agreement Forms Manual – A Review
By C. X. Berber
A new (to me) legal, ready-reference resource: Fee Agreement Forms Manual (KFC/77.5/ F43/ P52/2007 — Reference), is published by the Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB). Although this resource is in the midst of the ready-reference section and I’ve probably laid eyes on it every day I’ve worked here, when the page updates came in I realized I wasn’t familiar with it. I took the time to find out what exactly this book would be used for.
This is a manual of forms with sample contracts for client-lawyer agreements, for use by lawyers. These forms can be used as-is, or as a template for creating one’s own form. Subjects covered are Business, Civil, Bankruptcy, Criminal Debt Collection, Elder Law, Estate Planning, Limited Scope Representation, Marital Dissolution, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Probate, Unlawful Detainer, and Wrongful Termination.
At the end is a chapter of letters for non-engagement, and completion of representation. The final chapter, “Statutes and Rules”, has the text for pertinent sections of the California Business and Professions Code and Rules of Professional Conduct discussed in Chapter 1. The Tables of Statutes, Regulations and Rules contains all the codes used in the manual listed under code titles, and refers the user to the pertinent section of the manual. The volume is indexed.
The format is in 8-1/2” x 11” size binder for easy copying. It is also available online, through our OnLAW subscription database. As this is a reference item, it can only be used in the library. There are copy machines available in the library for your convenience.
The forms manual is current, and the loose-leaf filing is up-to-date. This manual is cited as 2d ed Cal CEB.