Duncan Law Offices
Retainer Agreement for Harvey Sample
The law firm is delighted to represent you in the legal matter of your divorce. Professional ethics dictate that we have a formal fee agreement. You are also being supplied with a statement of your rights and responsibilities as dictated by the Appellate Divisions of the Supreme Court.
Limits and Scope of Representation
You are retaining me due to your pending divorce settlement. Any other legal matter beyond the divorce agreement is deemed to be beyond my scope.
Termination of Representation
I will proceed to terminate representing you in the case if my firm’s charges are not paid within 60 days after the initial billing. I have the right to withdraw from the divorce settlement case for non-payment of my fees.
In addition to the retainer fee, some other costs will be associated with the litigation procedure. These costs include deposition costs, photocopying expenses, long-distance communication charges, and reporter costs as well as postage costs. These costs will be present in your monthly bill with clear labels and costs per expense. If the firm foresees that these other costs may become substantial, we might ask you to pay for them in advance or pay them directly. It should be noted that time is billed in quarters of every hour. Therefore, any activity pertaining to these ‘other’ costs will be billed on ¼ of an hour basis.
Responses on any queries concerning the case will be availed to the client without any hesitation. The client can call the office at any time to check on the progress of the case. Other forms of communication are also permissible including e-mails, and use of my personal cellular number. The client should note that the firm is at his disposable during office hours, at night and even during the weekends.
As your counsel for the matter, I have the right to seek a charge lien from the court if my fees are not paid within 60 days of billing as stipulated above under ‘Termination of Representation’. The firm also has the right to seek a retaining lien in case the client does not pay the outstanding sum in time. The firm has the right to retain the divorce file until payment of fees is completed.
The firm has the right to withdraw from the case if you have failed to disclose any material facts, or have misrepresented yourself or any facts to the firm. Other reasons for withdrawal of my services include failure to pay the stated fees or failure to hearken to my advice on the divorce issue. Likewise, you reserve the right to discharge me and my firm for any reason you deem fit. You will be expected to pay for the time it takes to turn over the files to you or your new counsel as well as for the time it takes me to petition the court to withdraw from the case.