Finally, make sure you understand the consequences if the parties cannot agree and sign a contract. Do you serve an important part of your participants? Could another supplier offer them the same level of quality and results? That could give you leverage in the negotiations. Or do most of your patients or residents have insurance? If so, what are your options if you do not award them a contract? Actual or potential conflicts of interest resulting from dual representation must be treated in the usual way, If the payer is also a customer, see MPR 1.7, but even if the payer is not a client, you need to check whether the financial agreement – that is, the fact that the payer pays the client`s legal fees – creates itself a dynamic that prevents your assiduous representation or that affects the exercise of your independent professional judgment. That could be the case, for example. B, when the payer shows a financial interest to minimize expenses. It would be considered in your agreement with the payer that the fact that the payer is required to pay the legal fees of the client himself does not make a client`s payer and that the payer will not have the right to hire the lawyer in cases where the lawyer represents the client. The extent of your client representation and the extent of what the payer is willing to pay may or may not be the same, and it is important to have a clear understanding of both from the start. MPR 1.2 allows you to limit your representation of the client, provided the restriction is appropriate in the circumstances and the client has given informed consent. If your agreement with the client is tacitly or unclear as to a limitation of the scope of your representation, this scope is determined by taking into account what the client would reasonably have expected in the circumstances. Conversations you had with the payer about the extent of the payer`s payment obligations that the customer was unfamiliar with would not be taken into account. Carefully crafted agreements with the client and the payer reduce the likelihood that you will be forced to offer the client a wider range of legal services that the payer is willing to pay for. While understanding the management of contracts with paying third parties appears to be discouraging, it may be helpful to find solid resources. One way to do this: you want a third of the payments to sign what is called a “third-party addendum” (NOTE: Sometimes you see “Payor” – that`s acceptable).