SAMPLE LEGAL SERVICES AGREEMENT
This Legal Services Agreement ("Agreement") is between ____________________, ("Client"), and Daniel H. Dahlen, Attorney at Law, 1620 School Street, Suite 101, Moraga, CA 94556 ("Attorney").
Dan Dahlen, Attorney at Law
WHEREAS, Client desires to have Attorney perform certain legal services for Client, as set forth herein, and Attorney is willing to perform such services,
NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual promises contained herein the parties hereto agree as follows:
Client hereby engages Attorney to perform the following legal services:
[describe services here]
2. Fees and Reimbursements / Invoices
2.1 Client agrees to pay Attorney for services rendered hereunder at the rate of $______ per hour.
2.2 In addition, upon submission of proper documentation, Client will reimburse Attorney for all reasonable and customary expenses incurred while providing services for Client. Travel time shall be billed at one-half the normal hourly rate. Out of pocket expenses shall be reimbursed without mark-up or service charge.
2.3 Attorney shall submit an invoice to Client at the completion of the work, or at the beginning of each month during the progress of the work setting forth a description of the work performed and related fees and expenses for the prior month. These statements shall be submitted to Client at the address set forth in Section 8 below. Client shall promptly review and pay each such invoice. Invoices which remain unpaid after 15 days are subject to service charges at one percent of the unpaid balance per month, or the highest rate legally allowed under California law. Attorney reserves the right to suspend further work for Client if invoices are not promptly paid.
The term of this Agreement shall commence as of the date signed by both Attorney and Client below, and shall continue in effect until the earlier of (a) the completion of the work for which Attorney is engaged by Client, or (b) termination by either Attorney or Client, as provided in section 6 of this Agreement. The term may be extended beyond the completion of the initial work by agreement of Attorney and Client.
4. Independent Contractor
Attorney shall perform services hereunder as an independent contractor and not as an employee, partner, or agent of Client.
5. Protection of Confidential Information
5.1 All work product of Attorney in the performance of this Agreement, including without limitation, analyses, reports, documents and other information, shall be considered Confidential Information. Any information disclosed to Attorney by Client or others on behalf of Client in connection with this Agreement shall also be considered Confidential Information.
5.2 Except as Client may authorize in writing, Attorney shall not disclose any Confidential Information or use it for any purpose other than the performance of services under this Agreement. Promptly upon Client's request, Attorney shall deliver to Client all Confidential Information received from Client or others which Attorney has in his possession, but Attorney is authorized to retain copies for archival purposes.
This Agreement may be terminated by either party on written notice by one party to the other party. Immediately upon receipt of such notice, Attorney shall stop all work, but any work done through the date of termination shall be paid for as provided in Section 2 above.
7. Applicable Law / Entire Agreement
7.1 This Agreement shall in all respects be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the State of California.
7.2 This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement and supersedes all prior agreements and understanding, both written and oral, between the parties relating to the subject matter hereof. It shall not be amended, supplemented or superseded except by a written agreement signed by both parties.
All notices, invoices, correspondence, consents, requests, demands, and other communications hereunder shall be in writing and shall be deemed to have been duly given when actually received. Such notices may be given personally, by registered or certified mail, or by facsimile transmission,
if to Attorney:
Daniel H. Dahlen
1620 School Street Suite 101
Moraga, CA 94556
if to Client:
or to such other address as either party shall have last designated by notice to the other party hereto.
Failure of either party to this Agreement to enforce at any time any of the provisions of this Agreement shall in no way be construed to be a waiver of such provisions nor in any way affect the validity of this Agreement or any part thereof or the right of either party thereafter to enforce each and every provision thereof. The waiver of any provisions of this Agreement or any breach thereof shall not constitute waiver of any subsequent breach of the same or any other provisions of this Agreement.
The obligations of Attorney under Section 5 of this Agreement shall survive termination or expiration of this Agreement for a period of five (5) years.
11. Dispute Resolution
In the event of any disagreement or dispute concerning this Agreement, Attorney and Client shall exercise reasonable efforts to resolve the matter amicably. Failing that, any matter concerning the fees charged to client hereunder, or failure to pay the same, shall be first brought before the fee arbitration process of the Contra Costa County Bar Association for resolution. Attorney retains the right to bring a collection action in any court of competent jurisdiction, and Client agrees to submit to the jurisdiction of the courts of Contra Costa County, California. In any such action, the prevailing party shall be entitled to attorneys fees and costs from the non-prevailing party.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Legal Services Agreement on _________________________.
1600 School Street
Moraga, CA 94556
Telephone: (925) 376-5490
Fax: (925) 376-5450
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