The following General Retainer Agreement defines the standard client service terms that apply when we are retained to act as your counsel. These standard terms are subject to any other terms that may be agreed upon between you and WV LLP.
We look forward to working with you.
Please note that the presentation of this General Retainer Agreement on our Website does not establish a lawyer-client relationship between you and WV LLP.
GENERAL RETAINER AGREEMENT
Thank you for engaging Wilson Vukelich LLP to provide you with legal representation in regard to [insert information].
If this matter involves litigation, we confirm that we are not automatically retained for any appeals.
Fees for our services will be billed on an hourly basis and at rates which vary with the experience and skill of the lawyers and law clerks rendering the services. Your service team is comprised of the following individuals:
Clerk billing rates range from [insert details] per hour and lawyer billing rates are at [insert details]. From time to time, I will need to consult with other lawyers in our office, whose hourly rates will vary from [insert details]. Our rates are adjusted from time to time and usually on February 1 of each year.
You agree to pay Wilson Vukelich LLP all fees and disbursements incurred even if the proposed matter is not disposed of or resolved or we cease acting for you.
In addition to legal fees, you will be billed for disbursements, which are expenses incurred by us on your behalf. These include, without limitation, charges for photocopying, facsimiles, postage, long distance telephone calls, courier, computerized legal research, travel expenses, filing and search fees paid to government agencies, fees and disbursements of experts or agents retained by us for services, registrations, opinions, and other similar services. If significant expenses are to be incurred, we may either request funds from you in advance or make arrangements for invoices to be sent to your attention for direct payment.
We generally bill our accounts monthly. Accounts are due upon receipt and are considered past due thirty days from the invoice date. As is provided on each account, if you fail to pay the amounts owing by the past due date, interest charges will begin to accrue based on the rate indicated on the statement.
Subject to our ethical and professional obligations, we reserve the right to withdraw from your file and decline to perform further services if your accounts are not kept current or if you refuse to provide a reasonably requested deposit.
We have taken a deposit of $[insert amount], which will be held by us in trust and will be applied to the payment of our accounts that we render to you, pursuant to the terms of our retainer, which authorize us to withdraw trust funds for this purpose.
We do not require a deposit from you at this time. Should a deposit be required at a later date, the deposit will be held by us in trust and will be applied to the payment of our accounts that we render to you, pursuant to the terms of our retainer, which authorize us to withdraw trust funds for this purpose.
The Law Society of Upper Canada (“LSUC”) rules applicable in Ontario require any interest which accrues on the retainer account to be forwarded to the Law Foundation of Ontario. We reserve the right to ask for a (additional) deposit(s) from time to time.
We confirm that that you are authorizing us to communicate with you via email and by cellular telephone. We note that we cannot guarantee the confidentiality of email and cellular telephone discussions.
If the above terms are acceptable, please sign below where indicated and return a copy of this letter to us (retaining a copy for your files).
WILSON VUKELICH LLP