Q: If I start out charging a client by the hour, can I switch to a contingency percentage if it benefits the client?

A: Changing a fee agreement substantively requires not just a revised fee agreement but also constitutes a business transaction with a client, so you would have to comply with ER 1.8(a).

Great Expectations
Meet new Bar President Dan McAuliffe, who wants the State Bar to earn high marks for service to members. Read more.


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Ruling Cracks Down on Contractors
Contractors who work without a license can be forced to reimburse customers more than the profits they pocketed, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. Read more.

Surge in Immigration Laws Around U.S.
State legislatures, grappling with the failure of the federal government to overhaul the immigration laws, considered 1,404 immigration measures this year and enacted 170 of them. Read more.

Must-See Recruiting Sites Invest in Future
The 2007 crop of summer associates are heading back to school, and that makes it the perfect time to look at how effectively large law firms use their Web sites to recruit summer associates. Read more.

Attorney Volunteer Opportunities
Apply by mid-August to serve on a Supreme Court Committee, the Community Legal Services' Board, or the Commission on either Appellate Court, or City of Surprise Judicial, Appointments. Read more.

Bankruptcy Court Debuts On-line Chat Pilot Program
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona began an on-line chat pilot program yesterday to assist consumers with bankruptcy questions. Read more.

Courthouse Experience Needs Attorneys
The Maricopa County Superior Court program seeks attorneys willing to work with students and help them see and understand what goes on in a courtroom. Read more.

Arizona Court of Appeals
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July 26, 2007 – TX 06-0018 – Sun City v. Maricopa County
Do the statutes applicable to eligibility for common area property tax valuation require that public use of such area be completely prohibited? Read opinion.

July 30, 2007 – 2 CA-CR 2007-0075-PR – State v. Alejandro Chaparro Romero
Does A.R.S. � 13-901.01(A), which requires a court to suspend the imposition of sentence and place on probation a defendant convicted for the first time of personal possession or use of a controlled substance, apply to a conviction for promoting prison contraband in violation of A.R.S. � 13-2505(A)(3)? Read opinion.

9th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 2, 2007 – No. 05-55627 – Jada Toys, Inc. v. Mattel, Inc.
In a counterclaim between two toy manufacturers, alleging trademark infringement and dilution and copyright infringement, summary judgment in favor of counterdefendant is reversed where the district court erred in its application of the relevant infringement test, and where genuine issues of material fact existed as to counterclaimant's copyright and dilution claims. Read opinion.

August 3, 2007 – No. 06-30379 – United States v. Moses
Conviction for violating the Clean Water Act is affirmed where: 1) the evidence supported the determination that the body of water in question constituted a water of the US and that defendant discharged pollutants into it; 2) defendant's actions were not exempt; and 3) the actions were not taken pursuant to Nationwide Permit No. 3. Read opinion.

Closing a Law Practice
This three-hour live seminar/webcast on August 22, 2007 will have you one step closer to fishing (or golfing)! Read more.

The Complete Lawyer
Complete Lawyer This issue looks at the aging of the legal profession, including 10 important truths about getting older. Read more.

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