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Here is our Retainer Agreement for your review and acceptance:

Law Offices of Donald E. Glass

Main Office: 43537 Ridge Park Drive, Temecula, CA 92590
Phone: (951) 326-8005
Email: CalifOnlineDivorceAttorney@gmail.com
Website: CaliforniaOnlineDivorceAttorney.com

All Legal Fees Are fully Earned upon Receipt of Payment.
You may Cancel any Future Legal Services at Any Time.


Limited Scope Family Law Legal Services Agreement
Flat Fee / Unbundled / Uncontested True Default Divorce/Legal Separation / Legal Service for Self-Represented Clients

 I. Parties to Agreement

This Limited Scope Family Law Legal Services Agreement (“Agreement”) is entered into
between (Your Full Legal Name) ____________________________________(“Client”),
and THE LAW OFFICES OF DONALD E. GLASS (“Firm”).

 

II. WHEN AGREEMENT TAKES EFFECT

This Legal Services Agreement does not take effect, and Firm has no obligation whatsoever to provide legal document services to Client, until Client acknowledges their acceptance to the terms of the Retainer Agreement which shall be evidenced by the Client’s payment of the initial $95.00.  Client hereby acknowledges that the $95.00 payment is a NON-REFUNDABLE  fee once accepted by Firm and firm’s acceptance of Client’s shall be evidenced by Firm’s creation of Client’s online divorce interview with a secure login which shall expire and automatically cancel/terminate after 360 days.

This Agreement is in compliance with Rule 1.15(b)(1) of the State Bar of California:
“ Notwithstanding paragraph (a), a flat fee paid in advance for legal services may be deposited in a      lawyer’s or law firm’s operating account, provided: (1) the lawyer or law firm discloses to the client in writing (i) that the client has a right under paragraph (a) to require that the flat fee be deposited in an identified trust account until the fee is earned, and (ii) that the client is entitled to a refund of any amount of the fee that has not been earned in the event the representation is terminated or the services for which the fee has been paid are not completed; and (2) if the flat fee exceeds $1,000, the client’s agreement to deposit the flat fee in the lawyer’s operating account and the disclosures required by the paragraph (b)(1) are set forth in a writing signed by the client.”

 

III. SERVICE(S) TO BE PROVIDED:
Divorce Document Preparation for Your Uncontested True Default Divorce/Legal Separation Case

Our Firm’s flat fee for legal services are detailed below: All costs, including, All Court filing costs, currier costs & All Process Server costs which may total $700 or more, are not included in our flat legal fees as detailed below.

$395 Attorney Service – $95 to Start
($395 if NO children, NO assets, NO debts)
($495 if debts or assets)
($595 if minor children)
This service is designed for Clients who want attorney Don Glass to prepare the forms required
for an Uncontested True Default Divorce or Legal Separation. The attorney also prepares written instructions
for the client to print and file and serve docs themselves to save money.

$695 Attorney Service – $95 to Start
($695 if NO children, NO assets, NO debts)
($895 if debts or assets)
($995 if minor children)
This service is designed for Clients who want attorney Don Glass to prepare ALL forms
required for an Uncontested True Default Divorce or Legal Separation. AND also want the attorney to
arrange printing and filing and serving ALL the docs.

The $395.00 to $995.00 is total legal fees for an uncontested true default divorce legal services and as detailed below and payable at $95 to start and available payment plans for each of three steps and includes the following depending on services requested by Client:
Phone Consultation with Attorney to discuss your Rights;
Attorney prepares your uncontested true default divorce or separation documents;
Petition divorce or separation documents to start your case.
Phone Consultation with Attorney to Review documents;
You Sign all Documents online with cloud technology;
Attorney prints and arranges divorce or separation petition documents for filing;
Attorney arranges Service of Process for divorce or separation petition documents.
ALL costs are NOT included in our Flat Legal Fee services and are not refundable – NO REFUNDS.
ALL FEES ARE FULLY EARNED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT and are not refundable – NO REFUNDS, except as provided herein.

All revisions made to the online interview are FREE.  But after any one of the initial Step 1 Petition documents, Step 2 Financial documents, or Step 3 True Default Judgment documents are printed,  and/or,  emailed to,  and/or,  signed by Client and/or filed in court,  then any/all revisions to any documents are at an additional fee of $195.00 per batch per revision.

This agreement is not a commitment to handle other legal work. Anything beyond providing and completing the above services, is considered other legal work.  Firm shall have no responsibility, and Client shall take full responsibility, for any other matter. We have not agreed to go to a hearing or trial with you, or agreed to prepare your case for trial or agreed to provide any legal help or assistance beyond providing and completing these services. Client understands that there may be other issues and considerations which are very important to their case, but which Client does not want Firm to handle.

As Firm has explained to Client, this Agreement is different from the usual Retainer Agreement. Unlike a Retainer Agreement, this Agreement is for unbundled services for uncontested divorces, meaning, limited legal services for preparing legal documents only, rather than for the complete array of services that lawyers often provide to their clients such as in pre-litigation and litigation.  Also, the total fee will be less than Firm’s normal full-service attorney’s fee, because the scope of the legal services is limited in that Client will be listed as “Self-Represented” or in “Pro Per” on all documents prepared by Firm.  Firm will not be listed on any documents as the attorney of record for Client.  This Firm is providing services for Client only and not client’s spouse or anyone other than Client. This Agreement is designed for clients who see the benefits of our Agreement, and who are better able to budget for our legal services, and who are self-motivated.

Client is advised that it is Client’s responsibility to notify Firm If there has been an assignment or application for assignment of child support right to the Department of Child Support Services, and/or whether or not there is receipt of TANF/CalWorks benefits, and a lawyer from DCSS will need to sign off on your step 3 judgment documents later on in your case.  Furthermore, Client is advised to notify your DCSS caseworker that you will/have filed for divorce and to keep your DCSS caseworker updated. Their response will be based on where they are at this time in the pursuit of a child support case against your spouse and then of course just follow the instructions of DCSS to have the step 3 judgment documents approved by DCSS.

Firm is not responsible for any loss, injury, claim or damage caused by Client’s errors or omissions of or failure or refusal to disclose or decision to not disclose any/all relevant or material information to Firm, in any/all court documents and/or to any Court.  The choice of whether or not to disclose DCSS or other governmental actions is the sole responsibility of Client and/or to list property and debt and have it CONFIRMED by the court as your separate property or community property AWARDED by the court to CLIENT, is the sole responsibility of Client and is a CRITICAL decision only the CLIENT can make.

Our legal fees are subject to change, increase in legal fees for each Step, 1, 2, 3, at any time without notice.

 

$395 Attorney Service – $95 to Start
($395 if NO children, NO assets, NO debts)
($495 if debts or assets)
($595 if minor children)
This service is designed for Clients who want attorney Don Glass to prepare the forms required
for an Uncontested True Default Divorce or Legal Separation. The attorney also prepares written instructions
for the client to print and file and serve docs themselves to save money.

$695 Attorney Service – $95 to Start
($695 if NO children, NO assets, NO debts)
($895 if debts or assets)
($995 if minor children)
This service is designed for Clients who want attorney Don Glass to prepare ALL forms
required for an Uncontested True Default Divorce or Legal Separation. AND also want the attorney to
arrange printing and filing and serving ALL the docs.

 

IV. ALL FEES ARE FULLY EARNED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT- NO REFUNDS, except as provided herein.

Firm will charge, and Client agrees to pay a flat fee, paid in full, as provided in Section III above. This Agreement is not a commitment to handle other legal work.  Anything not specifically stated as an agreed upon service is considered other legal work. The Flat Fee or partial payment is fully earned UPON RECEIPT and becomes the property of Firm. It will be deposited in Firm’s business operating account, rather than the Firm’s trust account, and Client hereby specifically agrees that Firm may do so.   Client understands that services performed or costs expended in reliance on my online and/or facsimile/telephone payment are an accommodation for Client, and Client accordingly: (a) waives any requirement that FIRM swipe or take or make a physical imprint of Client’s card; (b) agrees that the absence of any imprint shall not be a basis for a chargeback request. Client authorizes advance payment of fees using the referenced credit card for all services rendered by or through Firm.  I further authorize reimbursement of costs associated with performance of the requested services.  Client agrees that Firm may charge additional sums for additional services or costs Firm incurs per the Terms of service & Agreement provisions herein between Firm and Client.   We accept cash, money orders, checks, debit cards and credit cards for full payment. 

 

V. PAY BY CHECK or CREDIT CARD – AUTHORIZATION (OPTIONAL)

At Client’s option, payment of fees may be made by check or by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and with a 4% credit card processing fee).  By entering the information below, Client authorizes Firm to debit the checking account or credit card described below for services rendered to Client in the amount as provided in Section III above.  ALL FEES ARE FULLY EARNED UPON RECEIPT OF PAYMENT- NO REFUNDS
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Pay by Check:
Account Type: Personal or Business (circle one)
Routing No.  __________________________________________
Account No.  __________________________________________
Name on Checking Account:  _____________________________
Phone Number for Account: ______________________________

Your Signed Authorization:  ______________________________

Pay by Credit Card:
Card (Visa, Amex, etc.): ____________
Card Number: _____________________________________________________
Expiration Date: _______________    Sec Code Number: ____________
Holder’s Name on Card:__________________________________________________
Billing Address:_________________________________________________________

Your Signature: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­________________________________________________________

 

VI. NO GUARANTEE / NO Professional Liability Insurance

Firm makes no promises or guarantees about the outcome of Client’s matter.  Client acknowledges that Firm has made no guarantees as to the outcome of Client’s legal matter.  Pursuant to California Rule of Professional Conduct 3-410, Firm is informing you in writing that Firm does not have professional liability insurance.

 

VII. COSTS – NO REFUNDS

Client shall pay all out-of-pocket costs, including court costs, filing fees, photocopying ($.50/page), payment of fees for service of process, process server fees, currier fees, long distance telephone calls, excessive postage, notary fees, mileage (at the rate authorized by law for business miles), and other necessary court and office costs. Firm is not obligated to advance any out-of-pocket costs. These costs which may total $700 or more, are NOT included in our flat legal fee services and are in addition to Firm’s flat legal fees.

 

VIII. CLIENT COOPERATION AND TERMINATION

Client at all times will cooperate with Firm so that Firm may provide all services as efficiently and quickly as possible by completing Firm’s Questionnaire. Client at all times must provide Firm with accurate and complete information, including, but not limited to, issues regarding:

Custody Dispute, Visitation dispute, Set or modify child support, Set or modify spousal support, Collect past due child support, Collect past due spousal support, Real property valuation and division of Personal property, division of Business interests, Bank accounts, Investments, Pension rights, Stocks and bonds Stock Options, income, expenses, assets and liabilities, if any.  Promptly respond to Firm’s inquiries; keep Firm informed of changes in Client’s address, telephone number, and personal and financial affairs. Should Client not wish to follow Firm’s advice or if Firm elects to no longer provide services to client without cause in its sole discretion, Firm has the right in its sole discretion to withdraw as Client’s Firm.  Either party may terminate this agreement upon reasonable notice, being 48 hours, via email or text message,  to the other party, and upon full payment to Firm of all fees billed at $200 per hour and costs incurred to date.

 

IX. SEVERABILITY

The provisions in this Flat Fee Retainer Agreement are severable i.e., if any provision or provisions are found to be void or unenforceable the remaining provisions still apply.

 

X. CALIFORNIA LAW GOVERNS

California law shall govern this Limited Services Flat Fee Retainer Agreement. Client has read this Agreement, has received a copy of it, and agrees to all terms and conditions as stated. There are no verbal agreements between Client, Lawyer or Firm modifying, amending or expanding the terms of this Agreement.

 

XI. CLIENT’S INFORMED CONSENT –  Privacy Policy & Electronic Online Signature

Firm has security measures in place to protect against loss, misuse or alteration of client information under our control.  When you enter sensitive information (such as credit card number) on our order forms and online attorney interview, we secure or encrypt the transmission of that information using secure technology.  We follow generally accepted standards to protect the client personal information submitted to us, both during transmission and once we receive it.  No method of transmission over the internet, or method of electronic storage, is 100% secure, however.  Therefore, we cannot guarantee its absolute security and by electronically signing this retainer agreement, you acknowledge and accept that Firm cannot guarantee absolute security of your personal confidential client information.

Client has carefully read this Agreement and considered the additional information and advice that Firm has provided to Client.  Client understands the possible risks and benefits described in this Agreement.  Understanding those possible risks and benefits, Client voluntarily, knowingly and intentionally enters into this Agreement with Firm.  By signing this Agreement you acknowledge that you have carefully read and fully understand all of the terms and you intend to be legally bound by them.

THE LAW OFFICES OF DONALD E. GLASS ( Firm )
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Client: Print Your Full Legal Name
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Client: Complete residence address
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Client: Email Address
_____________________________________________________
Client: Cell Phone Number
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Client Signature                                                                             Date

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Signature of Firm by Lawyer                                                          Date

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