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||Proposed legislation relating to a median fee schedule for attorneys' fees
||Letter from Director, Division of Interior Resources, Department of Natural Resources, regarding proposed legislation relating to a median fee schedule for attorneys' fees for eminent domain cases, adding additional support for proposed bill. January 11,
||North America -- United States of America -- Florida
||Box 5, Folder 10 ( SF LEGISLATION ), Item 19
||Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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REUBIN O'D. ASKEW I
State of Florida Secretary of State
ERT L. SHEVIN
'^ -Q Attorney General
nI' VED O. DICKINSON, JR.
T HOMAS D. O'MALLEY
DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES DOTreuOer
Commissioner of Agriculture
FLOYD T. CHRISTIAN
RANDOLPH HODGES LARSON BUILDING / TALLAHASSEE 32304 / TELEPHONE 224-7141 Commissioner of Education
January 11, 1971
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Mr. Dale Twachtmann
Executive Director i1 ..L ...L .. U .
Southwest Florida Water Management District
P. 0. Box 457
Brooksville, Florida 33512
Senator Hodges asked me to include his comments in this reply
to your letters of December 15, 1970 to Senator Hodges and
myself on the proposed legislation relating to a median fee
schedule for attorneys' fees for eminent domain cases.
Certainly an act on eminent domain generally along the lines
of your proposed bill or any reasonable modification thereof
would be desirable.
We all believe that an attorney should be paid well for his
services but consider that attorneys of property owners in
condemnation suits often have been receiving from the courts
a fee over and beyond a "reasonable fee". The proposed bill
establishes a median fee in Section 1(1) to be adjusted based
on the six considerations set forth in Section 1(2). This
would compensate the attorney for his time in discussing the
case with his client, hiring appraisers, doing research and
generally handling the case. An attorney should receive a
substantial amount based on the increase he secures for his
client but he should not receive any percentage of the con-
demning agency's offer because he has done absolutely nothing
to earn this.
We wish to add our support to your proposed bill which appears
to receive general endorsement from all with whom we have
discussed the matter.
J. V. Sollohub, Director
Division of Interior Resources
cc: Senator Randolph Hodges
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