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May 2004 Issue

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Cover Story

It’s Not Just About Money

Debra Kelly thought she had all her bases covered.

Kelly, a lawyer in Trumbull, Conn., had followed every good business practice on fees she ever learned. Most important, she had the client sign a fee agreement and de­liver a hefty retainer at the beginning of the case.

But the pace of her client’s divorce and child custody dispute became dizzying. The numerous hearings quickly depleted the retainer and, although the client did occasionally restock the escrow account, Kelly soon found her­self falling into a deepening sinkhole filled with red ink.

Before she knew it, Kelly’s client owed her thousands of dollars in unpaid fees, and the case was too far along for her to withdraw. Kelly continued to represent the client right up until he and his wife reconciled.

The client couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. His thanks to her, however, was an unpaid bill for $6,000.

Feature Section

    Towering Titans

    Like well-prepared boxers entering the ring for a donnybrook, they have comparable statistics. They are giants who have built themselves up over decades to dom­inate their field.

    DNA Dragnet

    When Floyd Wagster Jr. received an unex­­pected phone call from a sheriff’s deputy in August 2002, he didn’t know he was about to be swept up in the search for a serial killer.

ABA Connection

It’s Not Just About Money

Debra Kelly thought she had all her bases covered.

Kelly, a lawyer in Trumbull, Conn., had followed every good business practice on fees she ever learned. Most important, she had the client sign a fee agreement and de­liver a hefty retainer at the beginning of the case.

But the pace of her client’s divorce and child custody dispute became dizzying. The numerous hearings quickly depleted the retainer and, although the client did occasionally restock the escrow account, Kelly soon found her­self falling into a deepening sinkhole filled with red ink.

Before she knew it, Kelly’s client owed her thousands of dollars in unpaid fees, and the case was too far along for her to withdraw. Kelly continued to represent the client right up until he and his wife reconciled.

The client couldn’t have been happier with the outcome. His thanks to her, however, was an unpaid bill for $6,000.

McElhaney on Litigation

Subduing The Snarl

Corner Office

Networking for Referrals

Associates in the Trenches

Switching Sides

Solo Network

Best In Show

Life Audit

Becoming Book Smart

President's Message

A New View

Executive Director's Report

Guarding The Ballot Box

Report from Governmental Affairs

A Costly Cure

Above the Trees

A Sneak Peak

Obiter Dicta

Whoopee On Wheels

Keeva on Life and Practice

Once More, With Healing