Ferreira v. Afonso
An attorney who allegedly fails to communicate in writing the scope of representation, the basis of the attorney's fee, and expenses for which the client will be responsible, can violate Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A local grievance panel found probable cause that the respondent attorney violated Rule 1.5(b) of the Rules of Professional Conduct. A reviewing committee of the Statewide Grievance Committee found probable cause that the respondent attorney, Louis Afonso of Bridgeport, also violated Rules 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 and 1.15(b). The respondent attorney was admitted to the bar of the State of Connecticut in 1989 and has no prior history of discipline. The respondent attorney waived his right to a full evidentiary hearing and wrote, "I admit that I 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, except when the lawyer will charge a regularly represented client on the same basis or rate." The Statewide Grievance Committee reprimanded the respondent attorney.