Laframboise v. Scola
A lawyer can violate Rule 1.5(b), if the lawyer allegedly does not inform a client about the scope of the representation, the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rules 1.5(b), 1.7(a) and 1.8 of the Rules of Professional Conduct. The respondent, Nicholas Scola of Danielson, was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in September 1993 and has no prior history of discipline. The respondent attorney, who was represented by Attorney Sean Donohue, waived his right to a full evidentiary hearing and wrote, "I admit that the written statement that I provided the Complainant failed to properly set forth the full scope of the representation and the basis for the fees to be charged and that this conduct violated Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct." Rule 1.5(b) provides, "The scope of the representation, the basis or rate of the fee and expenses for which the client will be responsible, shall be communicated to the client, in writing, before or within a reasonable time after commencing the representation." The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney.