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Attorney-Client Retainer Agreement

This Agreement is entered into by and between the

Law office of STEPHEN LAW GLOBAL, called "ATTORNEY"


Christina Fernandez called "CLIENT".

CLIENT hires law office of Stephen Law Global, and any attorneys, law clerks, paralegals, and
legal assistants, hired (as employees or independent contractors) now or in the future by the
law office of Stephen Law Global, to do the following legal work:


Attorney has the right to bring in other lawyers to work on this case. Also, Client gives the
power for all lawyers, law clerks, paralegals, legal assistants and interns who are now working
for Attorney as employees or independent contractors or individuals who are hired in the
future, to work on this case by Stephen Law Global or any other lawyer in the firm, will not
perform any service for CLIENT unless it says so in this Agreement.


Client gives Attorney the right to take all steps in this case that the Attorney believes worth
doing, including filing lawsuits or other legal papers. When Attorney believes it is right to do so,
Attorney will give way to the CLIENT to make decisions.


Client has been told, recognizes and understands that Attorney has made no guarantee
promising the success or outcome of this case.


Client agrees to pay to Attorney all legal fees figured as follows:

Attorney does legal services and Client agrees to pay to Attorney, a minimum and a Non-
Refundable Retainer Fee of $ 1,000. This amount is a true retainer fee and its payment by
Client to Attorney guarantees that the Attorney will set time aside for this case. Client
understands that the non-refundable retainer allows Attorney to limit the number of clients,
giving more time for each client's case. Client understands and agrees that Attorney may
deposit this retainer into Attorney’s general bank account instead of a Client trust account and
that Attorney may use all of it.

All legal work will be charged against the retainer. Client will be billed at an hourly rate of $200
per hour. Client will be billed at this rate anytime an Attorney works on Client file, including but
not limited to time spent writing, re-viewing and signing letters, file review, legal research,
preparing or responding to interrogatories or other information gathering procedures,
preparation of court papers, telephone or conference time with Client, relatives, friends or
other persons involved in the case, depositions, meetings with experts, travel time front the
office and return, court appearances (which includes waiting time for a judge, the opposing
attorney or a courtroom to open up and any other time spent and/or work performed relating
to Client's case.

AFTER HOURS AND RUSH WORK: Any legal services performed in the office between 8:30
p.m. and 8:30 a.m. or on weekends, holidays, or on a rush basis will be charged at the rate of
$250 per hour.

ADDITIONAL FEES: Client understands Attorney uses assistants and paralegals to do quality
legal work at a savings to Client. Client agrees that Attorney also meets with staff and reviews
their work. Client agrees to pay for that time. Client will be billed for time spent by Paralegals
at an hourly rate of $ 100 and Legal Assistants at an hourly rate of $ 150 and Law Clerks at an
hourly rate of $175. Client agrees and understands that Paralegals, Law Clerks and Legal
Assistants billing time includes that time spent in helping Attorney working on Client’s file as
well as time spent with Client in person or on the telephone and time spent photocopying
papers or any other time spent on Client's file. Client agrees and understands that
conversations with bookkeepers, legal assistants or paralegals are not legal advice. However,
in an attempt to keep costs down by Attorney to relay information to Client, Client agrees that
research and other work that Attorney believes important may be done by a law clerk,
paralegal, legal assistant or any other employee Attorney believes able to do the work.

FLAT FEE: Included in the retainer, Client has paid the sum of $ 1000, which is a non-
refundable flat fee, used for one or more of the following: Survival Kit, file set up fee and
normal postage. Over-night mail and more than normal postage that may be required will be
charged to Client as additional fees and is not covered by this flat fee. After this payment,
client will not be charged f or the Survival Kit or file set up fees or postage (First Class mail)
However, if Attorney does not receive the sum of $____________ along with the retainer, Client
will be charged at the rate of $150.00 for the Survival Kit, $150.00 for file set up fees and
postage (First Class rtail) as used.


Client has read and understands that this Agreement calls for any and all fees to be figured on
an hourly basis and that the total fee can and probably will be more than the retainer paid
under this Agreement.


The Attorney may suggest using experts, such as investigators, appraisers, accountants,
mental health professionals or social workers. Client understands that it is CLIENT’s
responsibility and Client’s responsibility alone, to hire and pay for the experts. It is also Client's
responsibility to keep Attorney informed of the progress made by each expert throughout
Client's case.


If Attorney uses computer programs to help Attorney and Client in setting support, dividing
property, preparing a Parenting Plan, Marital Settlement Agreement or other reason, Client will
be charged a $75.00 fee for each program used. This charge is f or use of the program only
and does not include time spent by Attorney or staff.


Client shall pay Court Reporter at the rate of $200 per half day. Client understands that this
money has not been given to Attorney. Client will have to bring the $200 in cash to court any
time Client's case is before the court. Client understands and agrees that if Client does not
bring the sum of $200 for each day Client's case is before the Court, Client will have to waive
the right to a Court Reporter which would make it difficult, if not impossible, to appeal any
court orders or judgments.


Any time Attorney uses a messenger service to deliver or pick up papers to or from the court,
another attorney or other places, a flat fee of $10.00 will be charged per trip.


Client agrees to pay all postage costs, including First Class and Overnight, as needed. costs
include filing fees, service of papers, deposition and transcript costs, appraisals, parking, in
addition to express nail, photocopying and faxing. Client will be billed at the rate of $3.50 per
page faxed or received. Client will be billed for photocopies at the rate of fifty cents for each
page copied. This charge includes staff time spent making copies. CLIENT understands that
these monies are in addition to the retainer. Attorney estimates that Court costs will be $
____________. Client has given to Attorney $____________ towards costs.

Client understands that it is attorney's policy not to advance any costs. Client by signing
below, understands and agrees that no papers can be filed with the court or depositions
scheduled or service of process" made or appraisals obtained until client has deposited the
money in to Attorneys trust account. If there are emergencies when Attorney advances any
costs, Client shall reimburse Attorney immediately upon attorney's request. Failure of client to
reimburse Attorney may result in Attorney withdrawing from Client’s file.


Client gives the right to attorney to withdraw money from client's trust account, to pay back
attorney for actual costs paid by the Attorney at the end of the case, Client also authorizes
attorney to withdraw money from client’s trust account to reimburse Attorney for unpaid legal


a. BILLS: Bills will be figured in tenths of one hour. Each tenth of an hour equals six
b. MINIMUM BILLINGS: Client understands that when attorney is in the office, Attorney
charges a minimum of two-tenths hours (12 minutes) for client's case, including
telephone calls, except for reviewing and signing letters which will be billed for one-
tenth hour.


Attorney will bill monthly for legal services. Bills will show the time spent on all work, the work
that was done and the billing rate. The bill also shows any credits or money left on account as
well as any money due now for work done on Client's case.


Bills are payable immediately when received. Bills not paid within thirty (30) days will be
charged a late charge at a simple interest rate of eighteen percent (18%) per year,


If Client wants to make partial monthly payments for attorney's fees, these
arrangements must be agreed upon in advance in writing, between attorney and client. Any
arrangements for payment by client in monthly installments will require client to sign a
promissory note.


If Attorney agrees to accept monthly payments from client, a credit check will be necessary.
Upon signing this agreement, Client gives attorney the right to do a credit check on client and
obtain a credit report.


Client agrees to pay a $20.00 service charge, in addition to any and all bank charges, if Client
writes a check that is returned for any reason whatsoever, including insufficient funds or stop
payment order.


This law firm is willing to arrange a reasonable payment plan for Client after the initial retainer
has been used up. However, if Client refuses to pay the bill or make arrangements to pay the
bill within thirty (30) days of the bill being sent, Attorney will file a Motion to Withdraw at the
earliest possible time and seek to collect fees and costs owed, plus any late charges due by
collection or lawsuit.


Unless client mails to attorney a written complaint about a bill within 30 days after the date on
the envelope, that bill shall be totally acceptable to client and client shall pay the full amount
without a complaint. Client may ask for a bill at any time. Attorney will mail a bill to client
within 72 hours of any written request (holidays and weekends excluded).

a. Attorney shall have the right to require client to pay an additional retainer or higher
-monthly payments towards attorney's fees based on the amount of work which
client's case is likely to cost in the future and how quickly the bill has been paid by
client in the past. Attorney shall also have the right to require client to give attorney
security or more security, for past-due balances or future fees and costs. This could be
a trust deed to a house or a "pink slip" to a car or truck. if this is asked of the client,
the client has the right to ask another attorney to review the arrangement before client
signs the security agreement or deed. Also, attorney, before obtaining a family law real
property lien on real property, must apply to the court for permission before the lien
becomes effective. An additional retainer, higher monthly payments or a form of
security will be required if client's balance for services is more than $1,500.00.


a. should client receive any cash or property by-agreement, settlement or judgment, or

order during or after client's case, such as money from the sale of a house, business,
etc., client agrees to have this money deposited into attorney's trust account and
client gives attorney authority to pay any balance due attorney out of this money
before transferring the balance to client. Client agrees that attorney may file and
record this lien and/-or file this agreement.

b. In case this agreement is ended and attorney’s fees and/or costs are owed by the
client, attorney shall have a lien on all property or assets of client to secure the fees
and/or costs.


Notice is hereby given that ATTORNEY does maintain Errors and Omissions insurance coverage
applicable to the services to be rendered.


Any modification, amendment or change of this Agreement will be effective only if it is in

writing signed by both parties.


This Agreement, and all transactions contemplated by this Agreement, shall be governed by,
construed and enforced in accordance with the law of the State of_____. Both parties agree the
venue shall be in the county where the parties reside.


Both ATTORNEY and CLIENT agree to resolve all fee disputes by binding arbitration before the
______ County Bar Association or _______State Bar Arbitration Program, except for fee disputes
in Small Claims Court.

Attorney's Initials Client's Initials


Attorney understands that it is the wish of the client to have attorney represent client only so
long as client is totally satisfied with the services done by attorney and the fees and costs
charged by attorney. Client agrees and it is the wish of attorney to represent only client's who:

a. are satisfied with the services of attorney;

b. does what the attorneys tell client to do; and

c. Pays attorney for legal work and court costs spent.


Client understands that he or she has the right to have the attorney, on client's request, get
out of the case by requesting that attorney sign a form called substitution of attorney. Client
also understands that when this happens, the client will receive the original file from the
attorney and that the attorney can only keep the original notes or personal papers. Attorney
believing that she also has the right to get out of the case, will ask the client to sign the
substitution of attorney form, if. Any of the following problems happen:

1. client wants to do or suggests a criminal or illegal act; or

2. attorney discovers client has used attorney's services to do an illegal act; or

3. client insists that attorney do something that is unethical or is unwise; or

4. if client and attorney do not get along to the point that they mistrust each other; or

5. client does not talk or write to the attorney; or

6. if client's bill goes unpaid for a period over 30 days beyond the due date; or

7. client refuses to accept or offer a settlement which attorney believes is reasonable; or

8. client does not follow attorney's advice.

Attorney will not file a substitution of attorney form or motion to withdraw as attorney unless
the following protections have been made:

1. attorney gives client enough notice to get a new attorney;

2. attorney delivers to client all papers and property belonging to client.

3. attorney acts to keep client safe from possible harm by an upcoming court hearing or
other action by obtaining a continuance.
If the client refuses to sign the substitution of attorney form when asked within ten (10) days,
the attorney has the right to file a motion to withdraw as attorney.

It is the right of the client to substitute attorney out of client's case at any time. client realizes
that a substitution has no effect on the fees and costs in this agreement.

After this agreement is ended by substitution or motion to withdraw, attorney has the right to
have a copy of client's file and will have the right to charge client $ ____________ per page.


Client understands that the attorney usually sees client after making an appointment, except
emergencies. Walk-in appointments are not made, unless an emergency. Client understands
that attorney may from time to time have to change appointments and that this will be done at
the earliest possible time. Client further understands that attorney may have to change an
appointment at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Attorney apologizes in
advance for any and all inconveniences this may cause client. Attorney would appreciate client
notifying attorney of any appointments client is unable to keep.


Client understands that client may end this agreement, with or without cause, in writing to
attorney. Attorney shall return the client's original file promptly after this agreement ends.

Client understands that client has the right to talk to another lawyer before signing this
agreement. Client agrees that no legal work will be performed by attorney until the retainer
fee is paid in full.


Client understands that there are to be no additions, strike outs, changes or waivers of any
kind whatsoever to this agreement unless the change is in writing and signed by both attorney
and client. Further, client understands that this agreement applies to this case only, not to
other cases or legal problems.


Some events not covered by this agreement are post-judgment motions, motions to set aside
or vacate judgment, notions for new trial or any other actions of any kind filed after the divorce
judgment, including actions to secure or protect retirement benefits. CLIENT also understands
that contempt actions are not covered by this Agreement regardless of whether they are pre
or post-judgment.

Further, client understands that bringing or defending appeals are not covered by this
agreement regardless of when the need for such actions may arise.


CLIENT understands and agrees that ATTORNEY may change the hourly rates during the term
of this Agreement by giving CLIENT thirty (30) days notice In advance in writing.
CLIENT swears or affirms that he or she has read, understands and agrees to this contract and
has been given a copy of it.

DATED: _______________________________________

By: ___________________________________________

CLIENT: _______________________________________