Presentation on theme: "Requirements for a Retainer Agreement Start with a Written Contract! ALWAYS!"— Presentation transcript:
Requirements for a Retainer Agreement Start with a Written Contract! ALWAYS!
Contract Name the parties Client and Law Firm Any Conditions? Dated and Signed Scope of Services What case/matter? Services Not Covered Amount of fee
Client Duties Be Truthful Cooperate with office Give information requested, promptly Keep us informed Of necessary information, contact information and changes Pay fee as agreed
Firm Responsibilities Spell out what will be done Prepare court documents Pursue matter to conclusion through negotiation and trial? May exclude trial if collaborative law case Perform legal research Conferences and negotiations Attend court hearings Correspond with counsel, parties, experts Take steps advisable to do the above
Fees Set out hourly fees For lawyers and paralegals Or Contingent Amounts Percentage at various stages of conclusion of case Other costs and charges Travel Experts, Consultants, Investigators
Billing Statements Monthly Prepay new retainer as needed Interest charges? Costs to collect Right to Withdraw for non-payment
Discharge and Withdrawal When client may discharge attorney ANY TIME! When attorney may withdraw Consent of client For good cause (Define this!)
Other important issues Disclaimer of guarantee! Copy of file and reports Privacy notice Note that cell phones and e-mail are not protected Affirm client has read and understands Don’t forget to have client sign and date!