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Retainer Agreement (Divorce)

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RETAINER AGREEMENT FOR_________________________________________________________________ BETWEEN FIRM NAME:__________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: ___________________________________________________________ CITY/STATE___________________________________________________________ TEL. NO.:_____________________________________________________________ AND CLIENT: _____________________________________________________________ ADDRESS: _____________ ______________________________________________ CITY/STATE: __________________________________________________________ TEL. NO.: ____________________________ ________________________________ This law firm will represent you with respect to legal problems concerning you rmarriage. We have discussed this firms representation of you. We have fully explained to you all services of our firm and your duties to our firm. LAWYERS DUTIES 1. The primary duty of this firm will be to represent you in your matrimonial dispute. This firm will make all necessary preparations and, with your permission, aid you in retaining all necessary experts to resolve some or all of the following issues: (a) Custody (b) Visitation (c) Alimony (d) Child Support (e) Division of property (f) Allocation of counsel fees and costs (g) Other ____________________________________________ 2. This firms duties end upon entry of a final court order. This agreement will apply only to work to be performed by this firm at the trial level. If you wish to appeal the result after completion of the trial, we have to come to a new agreement. NO GUARANTEE 3. Judges are granted great discretion in matrimonial matters, so this firm cannot guarantee the results. REPRESENTATION BY THE FIRM 4. Any lawyer in the firm may be involved in your case. A partner will be in charge of managing your case. You may communicate <<<<<<<<<********>>>>>>>>>>>>> 2 with the partner in charge or with any of our other lawyers who may be handling your case. WITHDRAWAL BY LAWYER 5. (a) If you do not pay our bills on time, we shall be free to ask the court for permission to withdraw as your lawyer. (b) We may also ask permission to withdraw as your lawyer: 1) if you insist that we do something illegal; 2) if you do not follow our advice; 3) if you do not answer our phone calls or letters; 4) if you are not cooperative with us; 5) if you tell a lie under oath or tell us that you will do so; or 6) for other good and valid reasons. CLIENT RESPONSIBILITY 6. You must cooperate fully with this law firm. You must communicate with us on a regular basis. You must tell us your information that is relevant to the issues. 7. The completing of your case may require your going to court. If so, you will be required to answer both verbal and written questions within the time set by the court rules. Your failure to cooperate in litigation could result in an adverse decision. LEGAL FEES 8. We cannot predict the amount of time that will be spent on your case or the expense that will be incurred in your case. (a) This firm will begin work on your case upon payment of _______. We will place that sum in our trust account and will pay ourselves from that sum after sending you itemized bills for all work done on your case at our hourly rates. (b) You will be billed for our time at the following rates: My time: $ _____ per hour Other partners: $ _____ per hour Associate lawyers: $ _____ per hour Paralegal: $ _____ per hour Law clerk: $ _____ per hour Legal research computer: $ _____ per hour Other specialized equipment: $ _____ per hour (Please note that all phone calls, no matter how brief, are billable.) c) You must pay our fees within 30 days of the date of your receipt of our bill. If you do not, you must pay interest on the sum due at _____% per annum. These hourly rates are subject to periodic increases upon 60 days notice to you. <<<<<<<<<********>>>>>>>>>>>>> 3FINAL BILL 9. Regardless of the hourly rate, we may charge you an additional fee to reflect some or all of the following factors: (a) The time and hours required, the novelty and difficulty of the questions involved, and the skill necessary to perform the legal services properly. (b) The extent to which taking your case has required this firm to refuse other employment. (c) Fees customarily charged in this locality for similar legal services. (d) The amount of money involved and the results obtained. (e) The time limitations imposed by either you or the circumstances of your case. (f) The nature of our experience, reputation, and abilities as lawyers in the matrimonial field.If legal fees are adjusted, a written statement giving the basis for such an adjustment will beprovided to you. ADDITIONAL FEES 10. This agreement does not include services which may be related to the matrimonial case but are not specifically before the matrimonial court. If you need any of the following services, our firm will supply any or all for an additional fee, which fee you and I must agree upon in writing prior to the commencement of work on this matter: (a) Real estate closings; (b) Municipal court actions; (c) Drafting of wills; (d) Any action directly against family corporation(s) and/or stockholders or directors; (e) Defense of creditors actions or mortgage foreclosure actions; or (f) Any other matter which is not specifically brought before the matrimonial court for resolution. 11. You must pay any experts retained by this firm on your behalf. Before experts are retained, we will advise you. Expert bills will be due upon your receipt.ADDITIONAL COSTS 12. In addition to legal fees you must pay the following costs: (a) Filing fees (b) Service fees (c) Investigator charges (d) Subpoena witness fees (e) Transcripts (f) Messenger services (g) Photocopying (h) Telephone toll calls (i) Expert fees (j) PostageACKNOWLEDGMENT AND COPY <<<<<<<<<********>>>>>>>>>>>>> 4 13. I have requested that you read this contract and ask me any questions you have about it. Do not sign this agreement unless you understand it and wish to hire me under all the terms of this agreement. 14. I have given you a copy of this contract. (firm)__________________________________________ By: (Attorney)__________________________________ and (Client) ___________________________________ Dated: ________________________________________ _____________________________________________________________________ ALTERNATE CLAUSES RE: PAYMENT OF LEGAL FEESALTERNATE 1: (a) Responsibility to provide legal services to you

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