Frequently Asked Questions
A retainer agreement is a written contract that establishes the scope of work and the terms that set out your relationship between you and the lawyer. These usually include:
- The level of authority to act on the client’s behalf
- The lawyer’s billable hourly rate
- Disbursements – fees that are paid for by the law firm to reimbursed by the client (e.g. filing fees, photocopies, couriers)
- What happens if either party terminates the working relationship
For any monies that go into trust, the funds are held in a separate bank account on behalf of the client until the funds are authorized to be withdrawn. Every law firm has a legal obligation to keep client’s trust funds secure and separate from the law firm’s general funds.
We are required to identify and/or verify the identity of our clients. It is preferable for clients to meet with us at our offices; however, if clients are not able to physically meet with us, we can make alternative arrangements.
By retaining a lawyer, you are agreeing to pay the lawyer an agreed upon fee to secure his/her legal services and act on your behalf on a particular legal matter.
As a courtesy to our clients, the first 30min consultation is free pertaining to all legal business matters (except immigration matters). Any additional time required for legal counsel will be billed based on the individual lawyer’s hourly rate. However, this does not apply to requests for legal advice, which are billed. This is solely to determine if the client wishes to work with the lawyer, and to determine if the law firm can meet the clients needs.
The questions and answers posted on this site are provided for informational purposes only and are not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. By reading this FAQ, no attorney-client relationship is created between you and the attorneys at Patrola Law Corporation.
For specific answers to your questions, please contact us at (778)-565-4700 to schedule a consultation with one of our attorneys.