The past few years there has been confusion on setting fees, non-refundable fees, and other matters. I will be putting fee examples in future issues to make sure we are all on sound ethical ground.
Betty Blackwell, Joseph Connors, Judge Herb Ritchie, and Judge Greg Glass have given me permission to use their contracts as examples.
To avoid problems, always get something in writing regarding your fee. At minimum, get a letter of acknowledgment.
Keep notes of all meetings and calls with clients or their families. When you find yourself sitting in a fee-dispute or grievance hearing, you will be happy to have documentation of jail visits and calls, emails, personal meetings, and any other communication.