BBA President Lisa Arrowood has focused her presidency on equipping new lawyers with practical skills, including helping lawyers better utilize Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) within their practice. The BBA’s LAR Practical Skills series has aimed to do just that. In the fourth segment offered in the series attendees had a chance to put their new knowledge to work as attorneys Julie Tolek (Think Pink Law) and Danielle Spang (Law Office of Danielle Spang) led a workshop on how to draft a fee agreement.
Here’s what speaker Attorney Tolek had to say about the program:
Why was a workshop on Drafting a Fee Agreement so important for attorneys practicing LAR?
“Talking about how to do something is easy but putting it in practice is where questions often arise. The LAR fee agreement is perhaps the most important component of beginning an attorney-client journey, and to be able to have hands-on time to screen for LAR appropriate situations and craft an agreement and discuss questions at the same time is the best way to learn to do it!”
What is the biggest takeaway that attorneys should remember from the program?
“Communication with your client and making sure they understand their responsibilities and what it means to be working with an attorney on an LAR basis is crucial. In my opinion, it matters less how you do it technically (whether bullet points or check boxes in your agreement) than that you actually DO it in a way that works for you and that the client understands. You could have as many check boxes as you want but if the client does not fully grasp what all of it means, those check boxes don’t mean much.”
Don’t miss the rest of the LAR Practical Skills series. Sign up for one of the upcoming sessions on how to use LAR in particular courts:
LAR Practical Skills: Housing Court
February 29th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Probate & Family Court
March 22nd 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Boston Municipal Court & District Court
April 28th 12-1:30 pm
LAR Practical Skills: Land Court
May 24th 12-1:30 pm