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27-Litigation Tactics (Including Misrepresentations, Tape Recordings)

29-Advancing Fees and Costs

A lawyer may pay witnesses for the reasonable value of time they have expended, as long as the payment is not an inducement to testify and is not contingent on the outcome of the case; and the lawyer's client remains ultimately responsible for the bill. [Rule 1.8(e)(2) exempts indigent clients from this requirement.]

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn