FEE-SPLITTING

FEE-SPLITTING

fee-splitting.

1. The division of attorney’s fees between two or more lawyers, esp. between the lawyer who handled a matter and the lawyer who referred the matter. ? Some states consider this practice unethical.

2. The division of attorney’s fees between two or more lawyers who represent a client jointly but are not in the same firm. ? Under most states’ ethics rules, an attorney is prohibited from splitting a fee with a nonlawyer. ¡ª Also termed fee-sharing. [Cases: Attorney and Client 151. C.J.S. Attorney and Client ¡ì¡ì 294, 309¨C310.]


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