Re: Buying a Home
Dear Jane Smith:
Thank you for selecting Neon Law to represent you with respect to:Buying your first house at 123 Main Street.
This letter will confirm our recent discussion regarding the scope and terms of our engagement.
Our firm has agreed to represent you in the described matter above. While I will be personally supervising this legal matter, I anticipate that other lawyers and legal assistants in the firm will also be working on this matter.
We will undertake the following work on your behalf:We are reviewing your sales contracts and the seller's covenants.
Payment and Invoicing
You have agreed to pay for our services based on the time we spend working on the case. My current hourly rate is $300. The rates of our associates currently range between $200 and $300 per hour. Legal assistants, who will be utilized where appropriate to avoid unnecessary attorney fees are charged at $100 per hour. These rates are subject to change once a year, usually in December. Generally you will be billed for all time spent on your matter, including telephone calls and emails.
Any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, including the determination of the scope or applicability of this agreement to arbitrate, shall be determined by arbitration in Nevada before three arbitrators. The arbitration shall be administered by JAMS pursuant to its Comprehensive Arbitration Rules and Procedures and in accordance with the Expedited Procedures in those Rules. Judgment on the Award may be entered inthe 8th District Court of the State of Nevada This clause shall not preclude parties from seeking provisional remedies in aid of arbitration from a court of appropriate jurisdiction.
The parties agree that, wherever practicable, they will seek to appoint a fair representation of diverse arbitrators (considering gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation), and will request administering institutions to include a fair representation of diverse candidates on their rosters and list of potential arbitrator appointees.
I, Neon Law, or any of our associates cannot guarantee a successful conclusion in any case. However, we will use our best efforts on your behalf.
Client agrees that the Firm may, at the Firm's option, participate in a division of fees in this case and assume joint responsibility for the representation of the Client, either in the event that the Firm retains associate counsel or that Client later chooses new counsel, provided that the total fee to the Client does not increase as a result of this division of fees and that the attorneys involved have agreed to the division of fees and assumption of joint responsibility.
Collection of Unpaid Fees
In the event that Client or Third Party fails to pay the fees agreed to in this agreement, Firm is authorized to make all lawful collections efforts, including, but not limited to, the use of a collections agency. Client agrees to pay all attorneys fees and costs associated with any collection efforts. Client further agrees that in order to collect any overdue amounts, Firm may disclose information regarding Client's case and Client waives any confidentiality they may have so that Firm may do so.
On behalf of Neon Law, I am looking forward to representing you in this matter. If you have any questions, please contact me at your earliest convenience.
PLEASE READ THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY:
This Agreement is a formal legal contract for Attorney’s services. It protects both you and your attorney, is intended to prevent misunderstandings, and it may vary the law otherwise applicable to attorney’s liens and resolution of fee disputes. DO NOT SIGN THIS AGREEMENT UNTIL YOU HAVE READ IT THOROUGHLY AND ARE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND ITS TERMS. If you do not understand it or if it does not contain all the agreements discussed, please call it to our attention and be sure this written Agreement contains all terms you believe are in effect between us. You have an absolute right to discuss this agreement with independent counsel (or any other advisor) before entering into this agreement, and we encourage you to do so.