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Terms of Engagement
WestSide Lawyers Terms of Engagement
The terms that we agree to act for you on will be discussed and agreed upon with you at our initial meeting. These terms will be confirmed in writing so that you understand and have a record of the terms that we agree to act for you on. Below are some of the topics that are covered in the written ‘Retainer Agreement.’ Charges Payable Any of the staff employed by WestSide Lawyers may work on your matter. The fees charged are based on the scale fixed by the Supreme Court and varied from time to time. Your retainer agreement will include a copy of the ‘Fees and Charges’ schedule. When you attend your first appointment, WestSide Lawyers asks you to complete a client intake form. The details on that form are used by WestSide Lawyers to determine the percentage of fees WestSide Lawyers will ask you to pay. This is all set out in your retainer agreement, along with WestSide Lawyers’ best estimate of the total cost for your matter. This estimate is a preliminary estimate, and is not a quote or a fixed maximum charge. You will only be charged for the work actually done. WestSide Lawyers wont ask you to pay for any internal photocopying, postage, telephone or facsimile costs, or for any research undertaken by WestSide Lawyers staff on your matter. At the start of each month, WestSide Lawyers will send you an account, payable within 14 days or any other time as agreed in writing. Disbursements Disbursements are charges incurred on your behalf, and are in addition to the fees for the work done by WestSide Lawyers’ staff. Disbursements can include court filing fees, expert fees and counsel fees. If WestSide Lawyers pays a disbursement on your behalf, you agree that you will pay it within 14 days of WestSide Lawyers invoicing you. Trust Account WestSide Lawyers may ask you to place money into its trust account to cover anticipated expenses, such as fees and disbursements. This money will be recorded as a credit balance against your name. Legal Costs Recovered In a contested matter, legal costs received from other parties may not cover the fees you owe WestSide Lawyers. If that occurs, you will have to pay the difference. If you obtain a judgment in your favour, are otherwise successful in your action or another person agrees to pay you an amount of money to settle your matter and a portion of that money is specifically for legal fees, WestSide Lawyers is entitled to invoice you for your entire matter at it’s ordinary rate without applying the reduction. WestSide Lawyers retains the right to waive those fees. You may be ordered to pay legal costs The estimate of fees provided in your retainer agreement only refer to the fees WestSide Lawyers charges you. A Court may order you to pay other money, including all or some of the legal fees and disbursements of the other parties. You are personally liable to pay those amounts to other parties, and payment is not WestSide Lawyers’ responsibility. Retention of file At the end of your matter, WestSide Lawyers will keep your file and the documents on your file in its archives for a period of seven years. You agree that WestSide Lawyers can destroy your file and the documents in accordance with the standard practice at the end of that period. Termination of the Retainer Agreement You have the right to terminate WestSide Lawyers’ services at any time. WestSide Lawyers can also terminate the agreement and stop acting for you at any time if: WestSide Lawyers decides the resources expended in further action will outweigh any potential benefit or further action is unlikely to be successful (and this condition will apply even if you personally want to continue); or You change your details (address, telephone, email) without telling WestSide Lawyers to that WestSide Lawyers cannot contact you; or You do not give WestSide Lawyers adequate information to allow them to properly act for you; or You do not pay accounts owed within the time stipulated on the invoice or within the time otherwise agreed in writing; or You do not place money in WestSide Lawyers’ trust account on request; or WestSide Lawyers decides that it has a conflict of duty or interest; or A change to WestSide Lawyers’ public grant funding stops WestSide from providing a service to me.
The terms that we agree to act for you on will be discussed and agreed upon with you at our initial meeting. These terms will be confirmed in writing so that you understand and have a record of the terms that we agree to act for you on. Below are some of the topics that are covered in the written ‘Retainer Agreement.’ Charges Payable Any of the staff employed by WestSide Lawyers may work on your matter. The fees charged are based on the scale fixed by the Supreme Court and varied from time to time. Your retainer agreement will include a copy of the ‘Fees and Charges’ schedule. When you attend your first appointment, WestSide Lawyers asks you to complete a client intake form. The details on that form are used by WestSide Lawyers to determine the percentage of fees WestSide Lawyers will ask you to pay. This is all set out in your retainer agreement, along with WestSide Lawyers’ best estimate of the total cost for your matter. This estimate is a preliminary estimate, and is not a quote or a fixed maximum charge. You will only be charged for the work actually done. WestSide Lawyers wont ask you to pay for any internal photocopying, postage, telephone or facsimile costs, or for any research undertaken by WestSide Lawyers staff on your matter. At the start of each month, WestSide Lawyers will send you an account, payable within 14 days or any other time as agreed in writing. Disbursements Disbursements are charges incurred on your behalf, and are in addition to the fees for the work done by WestSide Lawyers’ staff. Disbursements can include court filing fees, expert fees and counsel fees. If WestSide Lawyers pays a disbursement on your behalf, you agree that you will pay it within 14 days of WestSide Lawyers invoicing you. Trust Account WestSide Lawyers may ask you to place money into its trust account to cover anticipated expenses, such as fees and disbursements. This money will be recorded as a credit balance against your name. Legal Costs Recovered In a contested matter, legal costs received from other parties may not cover the fees you owe WestSide Lawyers. If that occurs, you will have to pay the difference. If you obtain a judgment in your favour, are otherwise successful in your action or another person agrees to pay you an amount of money to settle your matter and a portion of that money is specifically for legal fees, WestSide Lawyers is entitled to invoice you for your entire matter at it’s ordinary rate without applying the reduction. WestSide Lawyers retains the right to waive those fees. You may be ordered to pay legal costs The estimate of fees provided in your retainer agreement only refer to the fees WestSide Lawyers charges you. A Court may order you to pay other money, including all or some of the legal fees and disbursements of the other parties. You are personally liable to pay those amounts to other parties, and payment is not WestSide Lawyers’ responsibility. Retention of file At the end of your matter, WestSide Lawyers will keep your file and the documents on your file in its archives for a period of seven years. You agree that WestSide Lawyers can destroy your file and the documents in accordance with the standard practice at the end of that period. Termination of the Retainer Agreement You have the right to terminate WestSide Lawyers’ services at any time. WestSide Lawyers can also terminate the agreement and stop acting for you at any time if: WestSide Lawyers decides the resources expended in further action will outweigh any potential benefit or further action is unlikely to be successful (and this condition will apply even if you personally want to continue); or You change your details (address, telephone, email) without telling WestSide Lawyers to that WestSide Lawyers cannot contact you; or You do not give WestSide Lawyers adequate information to allow them to properly act for you; or You do not pay accounts owed within the time stipulated on the invoice or within the time otherwise agreed in writing; or You do not place money in WestSide Lawyers’ trust account on request; or WestSide Lawyers decides that it has a conflict of duty or interest; or A change to WestSide Lawyers’ public grant funding stops WestSide from providing a service to me.
Terms of Engagement
WestSide Lawyers Terms of Engagement
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