Q: Once Settlement is achieved, do Firm #1 & #2 automatically get fees/costs/expenses reimbursed?
California Personal Liability Lawsuit – Contingency – Fees/Costs/Expenses
Firm #1: 2015 Retainer/Contingency Fee Agreement signed – basic – (Does not address Withdrawal without consent)
Firm #2: 2016 Rule 2-200 Fee Splitting signed
December 2016 Firm #1 & #2 Motion to Withdraw without Client Consent granted. (No request for fees/costs/expenses requested or granted.)
A: I can't give a good opinion without knowing all of the facts, but this should give you some direction so that you can find the answers you are seeking.
The contracts should control the outcome of these issues, subject to ethics rules and the Business and Professions Code.
Attorneys may or may not be entitled to costs and fees, despite their withdrawal, depending upon the circumstances.
These complex questions require a review of the agreements and the facts before an applicable opinion can be rendered.
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