Attorneys are not permitted to charge for work they did not do, nor charge you “excessive fees.” If you believe your lawyer charged for work that was not done, this is a clearer violation than just excessive fees. The difference lies in proving the work wasn’t done versus proving the attorney was not worth the…

Attorneys are professionals who rely on their education, experience, talent, and their effort to do a quality job. Unfortunately, sometimes they can make a mistake. There are two types of mistakes that can be made: ethical and professional. Ethical Mistake When there is an ethical mistake, you can bring an ethics complaint against the attorney through…

The most common way for a private attorney to bill is hourly. Attorneys bill from a hundred to thousands of dollars per hour, depending on the practice area, skill, demand, and other facts regarding the attorney. Contingency Bill Another way attorneys bill is on commission or contingency. This is more common in personal injury cases…

Attorney Rules of Ethics are also called Rules of Professional Conduct. These are the rules established by the North Carolina State Bar and the Supreme Court of North Carolina that every attorney who is licensed in North Carolina must follow. Any violation of these rules may be reported to the State Bar by any person….

A conflict of interest is a concept that exists in everyday life, but is something very specific when dealing with attorney’s Rules of Professional Conduct. In North Carolina, conflicts of interest are covered by Rules 1.7 & 1.8. Broadly speaking, an attorney may not represent a client if that representation would force the attorney to represent…

Hiring an attorney can be useful in a wide variety of areas. Ultimately, what a lawyer can do for your small business depends on your needs and your wants. The tasks must be legal and compliant with the Rules of Professional Conduct. If your lawyer is willing to do it, and you’re willing to pay,…

Recently, Law Plus Plus became the first law firm in North Carolina to become a Certified B Corporation. The first question almost everyone asks is “What is a B Corporation?”   B Corporation B Labs defines B Corporations as “for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental…

A law firm telling me the questions I should ask my business lawyer before hiring them? I bet these will (1) be really softball questions, and (2) be ones that Law Plus Plus is prepared to answer. Yes! They should be both, but that’s kind of the point. If your potential business attorney cannot answer…

As you know, a little over a month ago, we became a Certified B Corp, but we never gave the story behind why we choose this certification. To understand why we chose this, you also need to understand our origins. In 2012, Richard Bobholz wanted to be a part of a law firm that put the…

Rule 6.1 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct reads, in part, as follows: Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay. A lawyer should aspire to render at least (50) hours of pro bono publico legal services per year. What this means is that the 50…

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