Master Legal Services Agreement and Standard Representation Terms Between Attorney/Law Firm and Client
Thank you very much for your confidence in retaining for services. We look forward to working with you. Many years of experience have taught us that the attorney-client relationship functions best when both parties are fully aware of the scope of the representation and their respective obligations. The purpose of this agreement is to set forth, in writing, the arrangements concerning our services and fee, so that we may avoid any misunderstanding.
Legal Services to be Provided:
The Firm will represent client(s) in the following:Specific services to be agreed upon via separate written or verbal agreement between Law Firm and Client.
Responsibilities of the Firm and Client:
Responsibility of the Firm: The Firm has the duty to represent the Client in a competent manner, to act with reasonable diligence and promptness, and to keep Client reasonably informed of developments in this matter. The Firm is also charged with keeping all communications between the Client and the Firm or its agents confidential.
Responsibility of the Client: Client has a duty to be truthful, provide full disclosure, and to cooperate with the Firm. Client has a duty to keep the Firm reasonably informed of any developments related to this matter; changes in address or telephone number; and whereabouts of Client. Cooperation includes but is not limited to producing documents; appearing in court; and keeping appointments with the Firm.If any other additional legal services are required or requested on the above matter, an additional fee may be required.
If additional appearances or additional work, briefs, discovery, or motions are required on this matter, an additional fee may be required. If your matter becomes contested or proceeds to trial, an additional fee will be required. If legal services are requested for services excluded from this agreement, a separate Legal Services Agreement may be required if Firm opts for a separate agreement, unless another arrangement is agreed upon for additional work between correspondence or communication between Firm and Client(s).
Type of Legal Fee: Flat-Fee, unless otherwise stated via separate agreement.
Amount of Legal Fee: Agreed upon with Client via SMS Text Message, Email, or other agreed upon means between Client and Firm.This Agreement becomes effective and Representation will commence once legal fee is paid and Firm accepts Client(s) case. If a legal fee is paid and Firm then rejects Client(s) case before any time or work is expended, Representation will not have been valid during such time period until Client(s) case has been accepted by Firm and further actions are taken by Firm on behalf of Client(s).
Should you require additional representation, an additional fee will be discussed and required.
If clients terminate attorney services within seven (7) days of signing this agreement, a minimum of $500.00 will be retained for administrative fees, in addition to any work performed.
For an itemization of administrative fees, please request itemization from the Firm in advance.
In addition to the charges for professional services, Client will be responsible for timely
advancing the firm for out-of-pocket reimbursements, IF ANY, such as charges for postage or filing fees paid to a Court. For credit/debit card transactions, a 5% processing fee is mandatory and an additional fee may apply for extended payment plans. Installment plans require either post-dated checks and/or a signed card authorization form for installment processing.
The total amount of time it will take to finish the matter is often difficult to predict and can depend upon a variety of factors and the nature and complexity of the issues involved. Similarly, we do not make any promises or guarantee any results that will be obtained. Client also acknowledges that firm may utilize associate attorneys, of counsel, per diem attorneys, paralegals, and contract individuals or third-party companies to render services on its matter, in its discretion, including work such as preparation, assistance, drafting, appearances, hearings, meetings, etc., and does not guarantee work to be performed by any specific individual or entity of, or associated/affiliated with, the firm.
You may choose to terminate firm’s representation at any time, but must do so in writing. Should you break a flat-fee, monthly fee, contingency fee, or non-hourly billed fee arrangement, your fee may be then calculated based on applicable hourly rates of Firm members who worked on your case. For a copy of staff member hourly rates, please request a copy from the Firm in advance of signing this Agreement. If you terminate the firm’s services or representation on your matter is completed, please note that your file will then be closed and your file may be stored for a period of seven years and you may request a copy of your file documents during that time period, subject to copying and storage retrieval costs.
The Firm retains the absolute right in its sole discretion to terminate representation effective immediately upon review of discovery evidence or any other new information which comes to light which was not previously known or ascertained and Firm decides it can no longer handle Client’s matter.
The Firm will keep you closely advised of the progress on the matter and provide Client, upon request, with copies of correspondence, pleadings and other relevant documents, as needed. Client should never hesitate to ask any questions, which are always welcome.Client hereby agrees to provide full and complete disclosure regarding facts and circumstances pertaining to its matter or case. Client agrees it will not omit or mislead or provide any false information to firm or to any other party relating to its matter or case.
Client hereby agrees to allow Firm to sign on behalf of Client in relation to this matter and hereby grants Firm a limited power of attorney for the above-referenced matter.
The Firm heretofore sets forth the following disclaimers regarding your matter, if any:
Client is responsible for all associated court and service costs if applicable; Firm will not and cannot advance nor is responsible for any court costs or filing fees or sanction fees, which are client’s sole responsibility. Should a matter or transaction not be completed for any reason, Firm may calculate its fee in accordance the hourly rate termination clause provisions contained within this Agreement. Client hereby waives, indemnifies, and holds Firm harmless from any and all claims or liabilities arising from prior transactions, events, or representation of Client. Client acknowledges there are no promises or guarantees as to what results may be achieved.
CLIENT AGREES TO HAVE READ THE ABOVE RETAINER AGREEMENT AND IT CORRECTLY SETS FORTH AN UNDERSTANDING IN REGARD TO THE FEE ARRANGEMENT AND REPRESENTATION BY LAW FIRM/ATTORNEY. AGREEMENT EFFECTIVE UPON INITIAL PAYMENT BY CLIENT AND/OR APPROVAL BY SMS TEXT MESSAGE, EMAIL, OR OTHER AGREED UPON MEANS BETWEEN FIRM AND CLIENT. AGREEMENT TO BE IN EFFECT ONLY ONCE FIRM ACCEPTS CLIENT(S)’ CASE AND INITIATES TIME OR WORK ON BEHALF OF CLIENT(S).
ELECTRONIC ACCEPTANCE OF ATTORNEY REPRESENTATION AGREEMENT
Firm agrees to the terms of this Agreement becoming effective upon the two following mandatory events taking place: (i) “accepting case” for Client’s matter;AND (ii) “accepting full payment” for services identified in this Agreement. Client agrees to the terms of this Agreement becoming effective upon the two following mandatory events taking place: (i) “accepting Firm” as Client’s legal representative; AND (ii) “submitting full payment” for services identified in this Agreement. A hard copy or email copy of this agreement can be obtained upon request. You may opt-out of electronic acceptance of this agreement upon request in order to sign a hard copy of this agreement instead. This agreement can be viewed using an internet browser or via PDF format using Adobe PDF Reader if requested. A hard copy or email copy of this agreement can be requested by email or telephone request to the Firm’s contact information.