A general retainer will do two things
1. Describe the services to be provided
2. Describe the payment for such services.
It is a contract, plain and simple.
IN its simplest form it would be similar to below
1. ATTORNEY SERVICES:
(1) INCLUDED SERVICES
Attorney shall represent Client in the above case, which includes:
(List here what he lawyer will do in the case)
Attorney shall keep Client continuously informed of the progress of the case, and respond to all of Client’s inquiries.
(2) EXCLUDED SERVICES
Unless otherwise specified, Attorney’s services do not include
(List what is not included-for example appeals or actual trial)
2. CLIENT’S DUTIES
Client shall be truthful and cooperate with Attorney, follow Attorney’s legal instructions, promptly return Attorney’s phone calls or letters, and inform Attorney of all information and developments in the case; Client’s address, phone and whereabouts, abide by this Agreement, and pay Attorney’s bills.
3. FEE and TERMS OF PAYMENT
For the legal services above, Client agrees to pay the following Retainer Fee, which includes foreseeable costs to the Attorney.
Costs do not include hiring investigators or experts unless discussed with the client.
Fee: (fill this in either flat rate or hourly fees)
4. POST TRIAL REPRESENTATION
5. ADVISEMENT & nbsp;
No attorney can make any promises regarding the final outcome, verdict
or sentence in the case. Attorney may consult and/or use other attorneys for Client’s benefit, for Court appearances, or to advise or assist with Client’s case (at no additional cost to Client); and Client agrees to such representation.
6. FILE RETENTION
The Client’s file is at all times the property of Client; at any time, upon Client’s request, Attorney will deliver the original or copy of the file to Client.
7. TERMINATION OF AGREEMENT
It is important that Client is continually happy with Attorney’s services. Thus, Client may discharge Attorney at any time, for any reason.
Client acknowledges that Attorney may also terminate this contract for good cause or if Client breaches any of Client’s duties and/or misses any payment.
THE PARTIES READ UNDERSTOOD AND AGREED TO THE ABOVE TERMS & WILL USE BEST EFFORTS TO COMPLY.
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