Article Taken From: NASP
The Florida Bar Board of Governors unanimously approved a recommendation to amend the Rules of Professional Conduct 4-1.5, titled fees and costs for legal services. The proposal would allow a personal injury attorney hired on a contingency fee basis to seek a separate attorney to handle “complex” lien and subrogation issues. The client’s consent is required. The amendment states the personal injury attorney should handle “routine” lien and subrogation issues without outside assistance. The bodily injury attorney would not exchange a fee with the attorney hired to handle subrogation rights and/or liens and thus would supposedly avoid any violation of an excessive fee being charged to the client.