11. If you, the client, at any time, believe that your lawyer has imposed an excessive or illegal tax, you have the right to report the case to the Florida Bar, the agency that oversees the practice and behavior of all lawyers in Florida. For information on how to access the Florida Bar, call 850/561-5600 or contact the local bar. Any disagreement between you and your lawyer about a tax can be brought to justice and you can hire another lawyer to help you resolve the disagreement. As a general rule, fee disputes must be dealt with in a separate action, unless your fee contract provides for arbitration. You may, but do not require, that a provision for arbitration proceedings (according to Chapter 682, the Florida Statutes, or under the royalty arbitration rule of the rules regulating the Florida Bar) be included in your payment contract. Sometimes the lawyer you have hired will hire a lawyer in another firm to assist in the case. You must accept the hiring of this other lawyer. If this occurs in a case of personal or material injury resulting from illegal conduct, this agreement must be made in writing and the lawyer responsible for your case is entitled to at least 75 per cent of the fee and the lawyer with secondary liability is entitled to a maximum of 25 per cent of the tax. If the lawyers of the various firms have also been involved in this type of case, they must go to court to determine how the tax is distributed.

Sharing fees between law firms should not affect the amount of money you receive. If another law firm is hired in a case where you are collecting an hourly fee, the fee may be divided between the following two types: The fee can be distributed on the basis of the work of any lawyer or law firm, or you and the lawyers can agree in writing how the tax is split. Mr. Hollander disputed the arbitrator`s finding that the termination and withdrawal clauses of the contingency fee agreement violated Rule 4-1.5 (A). Hollander argues that the agreement on unpredictability charges, read as a whole, must be in accordance with the rules of the “Florida Bar Furstschaft” and that the termination clause was not intended to allow the company to collect both for the hourly rate and for a proportional sum for each recovery made by a new lawyer.