ATTORNEY CLIENT FEE AGREEMENT FOR EXPEDITED MATTERS.
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I agree to the terms below:
I agree to provide by scanned email a PDF copy of all relevant paperwork in my possession that pertains to my case. I also understand that if I do not have a scanner, then I must fax the paperwork to: (415) 276-1968, or email it to: firstname.lastname@example.org
I agree that the amount I pay on this contract is the amount of the fee agreed upon by me and Attorney Rodriguez for representation on my matter. This amount was agreed on during previous discussions and quoted to me by Attorney Francisco Rodriguez. I understand that this is a flat fee for services that will cover Pre-Trial representation (applicable to cases that are being represented for the first time and not for trial) and will not include trial by Court or Jury, appeals, writs, costs of transcripts, filing fees, expert fees or investigative fees.
The fee is good for representation up to the setting of the case for trial. Should the fee paid not be what was previously agreed on, Attorney Rodriguez only, has the right to cancel this agreement in it's entirety if done within 20 days of full payment being received. If the fee is paid for pre-filing representation (where no charges have been filed, but an investigation (of any nature) or legal action is required)
I understand that no promises have been made as to the results of the case which is the subject of this representation. I understand that the fee is due regardless of the outcome in the case; Attorney Francisco Rodriguez has stated that he will do everything legally and ethically possible to get rid of the charges against me, achieve the best possible result or conduct any preliminary investigations (of any nature) but has made no promises as to the final outcome of my matter.
I agree that, regardless of the type of representation, the fee only covers the representation of the Attorney in the case, it does not include any other expense such as, but not limited to: expert services, cost of transcripts, investigation costs, copy costs, exhibit cost and any other related expense other than Attorney time on the matter. Attorney Rodriguez agrees that no such non-fee covered expenses will take place without first informing the client and getting their expressed approval for the expense. Client must pay upfront for such costs and expenses. Client understands that we do not carry malpractice insurance.
I agree that the by making payment for the services that I am agreeing to the terms herein; furthermore I agree that this web based agreement will be considered the original contract and I agree to print a copy of the page to maintain for my records. No changes to the terms are allowed unless: 1) specifically approved by Attorney Rodriguez and 2) they are in writing and signed by client and Attorney Rodriguez.
Both Attorney and client agree that Attorney Rodriguez will send an email quoting the "fee for representation" and this email, and only this single email titled "fee for representation", will constitute the fee that is due for the representation of the case. Client understands that failure to send this email will not be grounds to cancel any portion of this agreement. Both Client and Attorney Rodriguez agree that this email will be incorporated to this agreement by reference ( even if not in writing and signed as required above). Client further understands and agrees that our office may use a contract Attorney, carefully screened by our office, if necessary, to assist in the representation of your case.
Client agrees that it is client's sole responsibility to maintain all addresses, emails and phone numbers for contact, up to date with our office. Client further agrees and understands that our office will not represent them in your matter until 1) You have accepted these terms by completing the form below 2) Have submitted payment in full for the legal representation as quoted and agreed upon 3) Have provided all relevant information on your case, including but not limited to, the first day of court or any other pertinent information necessary to act on the matter.
(FOR TRIAL AGREEMENTS) If the agreement is for representation during the trial phase on your matter. Client agrees to pay the agreed upon fee for the trial and understands that only once the full fee has been paid will Attorney Rodriguez be responsible for representation during the trial phase of the case. Client understands that once representation for the matter in the trial phase has begun, any and all previous portions relating to fees in the matter are non-applicable and the fee is the fee agreed upon for representation during the trial phase of the case. All other applicable terms of the previous agreement remain in place. Client further understands that no trial is necessary in order for Attorney Rodriguez to earn his fee. Attorney Rodriguez will prepare the case for trial (research, review all reports, prepare witnesses, prepare all legal arguments, etc.), these preparations and appearances on the matter are part of the trial phase representation. The fee will be earned, as a flat fee, even if the client changes his or her plea; District Attorney or Plaintiff or Defendant or Court, dismisses the case; or no trial is ever held. Appeals or retrials are not included in the Trial Phase representation.