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Thank you for your question. Although I am an attorney, I cannot represent you. However, I will give you the most thorough information. Although you can try to argue that you did not understand the document that was being put in front of you, there is a legal presumption that you understood what you signed. You may be in a position wherein you have to join your step-daughter to the lawsuit as she is primarily responsible for the legal fees. (However, it sounds like the reason she needed a guarantor was because the law firm was not convinced they could get money out of her if they had to sue under the contract.)
You have a stronger argument if you spoke with someone at the firm and explained the arrangement you were looking for, they agreed and this agreement came on the heels of that agreement. However, to the extent that you never spoke with anyone at the firm and were presented with this agreement to sign, a court may be inclined to find that you had a duty to read the agreement before signing.
I did read it, but understood the document to be a "retainer Agreement." Not all future services.
Unfortunately a retainer agreement is the agreement that provides for compensation of all services while the firms is on retainer. There is not a separate agreement to get the attorney retained and one to get compensate for future services. Although your confusion is unders
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