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  • Alternative Fee Arrangements and Duties to Nonclients on Deck at Breakfast & Business in West Bend on Feb. 28

    The State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers program, in West Bend on Feb. 28, focuses alternative fee arrangements and OLR guidance with nonclient issues.
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    Feb. 5, 2014 – Do you have questions about the changed landscape of legal fees? Do you have questions about your duties to various categories of nonclients under the Rules of Professional Conduct? The next State Bar Practice411™ Breakfast & Business: Eggs, Ethics, and Answers program on Feb. 28 in West Bend focuses on these issues. The series goes to Eau Claire on April 4 and Madison on May 23.

    First Session – Don’t Be Afraid of Alternative Billing: Establishing Value-base Services Through Fees, Alternative Fee Arrangements and Billing

    Learn about the changing landscape of legal fees. Clients have more choices than ever before from competing lawyers and nonlawyer legal service providers. Alternative fee arrangements are gaining popularity, helping lawyers meet the challenges of the changing legal environment while delivering value and quality service to their clients. This session, presented by Nerino Petro, State Bar practice management advisor, addresses:

    • The ethical rules regarding establishing your fees and the factors to be considered

    • How the Wisconsin Rules of Professional Conduct are affected by using different alternative fee arrangements

    • How clients perceive value for legal services

    • Understanding value and how to determine alternative fees

    • Using technology to improve effectiveness, efficiency, and value

    • Implementing alternative fee arrangements

    Petro has 14 years of solo legal practice experience and 12 years as CEO of CenCom Legal Technologies, which he founded to help lawyers and their staff deal with the practice management issues facing them.

    Second Session – A Smorgasbord: The OLR and You; Your Duties to Nonclients; War Stories

    This session begins with an interactive discussion of lawyer regulation procedures, facts and figures. Presenter, Bill Weigel, litigation counsel, Office of Lawyer Regulation, also will provide guidance and reference about disciplinary cases relating to a lawyer's duties to various categories of nonclients. Weigel will devote the final third of the session to some recent entertaining attorney and judicial misconduct cases.

    Weigel has served as BAPR (now OLR) litigation counsel for more than 17 years. He assigns and supervises the litigation of all Wisconsin disciplinary, incapacity, reinstatement, and appellate cases for OLR. Weigel was a private practice trial attorney in Milwaukee for 12 years.

    About Practice411

    Practice411 is a State Bar of Wisconsin program that assists lawyers in improving their efficiency in the delivery of legal services and in implementing systems and controls to reduce risk and improve client relations. This seminar is part of Practice411’s Breakfast and Business Series, which travels statewide giving members the opportunity to meet other lawyers and hear about solutions for their law practice management issues.

    Tuition is $84 for members, $39 for Ultimate Pass holders, and $99 for nonmembers. The program will be submitted for up to 3.5 CLE and EPR credits. Register online.