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General Retainer Agreement:

IN REQUESTING LEGAL INFORMATION AND/OR LEGAL SERVICES THE PERSON MAKING THE REQUEST AGREES AND ACKNOWLEDGES EACH AND ALL OF THE FOLLOWING: HE/SHE, AND IF THE INFORMATION OR SERVICE IS BEING REQUESTED FOR A COMPANY OR ENTITY, THEN HIS OR HER COMPANY OR ENTITY, HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE FEES CHARGED AND HAS REVIEWED THE FEE SCHEDULE SET FORTH ON THIS PAGE. ANY BILLS NOT PAID WHEN DUE SHALL BE SUBJECT TO THE FINANCE CHARGE SET FORTH IN THE FEE SCHEDULE FROM THE DATE OF THE BILL. LAW FIRM RESERVES THE RIGHT TO HAVE PERSONS WHO ARE EMPLOYED BY, OR WHO ARE INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS ENGAGED BY LAW FIRM, ASSIST WITH PROVIDING ANY OF THE SERVICES AND INFORMATION REQUESTED OR PROVIDED NOW OR IN THE FUTURE.

BY MAKING THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR SERVICES, LAW FIRM IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE SUCH INFORMATION OR PROVIDE SUCH SERVICES. ONLY IF LAW FIRM HAS ATTEMPTED TO PROVIDE SOME OR ALL OF SUCH INFORMATION OR SERVICES WITHIN 10 DAYS OF MAKING THE REQUEST FOR INFORMATION OR SERVICES, OR IF WITHIN THAT TIME, LAW FIRM STATES IN WRITING THAT IT WILL DO SO, WILL LAW FIRM HAVE AGREED TO ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE SUCH INFORMATION OR SERVICES. LAW FIRM, AT ITS OPTION, MAY CONDITION PROVIDING INFORMATION OR SERVICES ON THE SIGNING OF A MORE LENGTHY RETAINER AGREEMENT, THE TERMS OF WHICH TO BE AGREED UPON BY THE PARTIES. ALL THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT SHALL ALSO APPLY TO ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND/OR SERVICES REQUESTED OF LAW FIRM OR L. SCOTT KARLIN IN THE FUTURE WHERE LAW FIRM HAS AGREED TO PROVIDE SUCH ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR SERVICES. YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THE FEES SET FORTH BELOW ARE NOT SET BY LAW BUT ARE NEGOTIABLE. YOU ARE ALSO ADVISED THAT THE ATTORNEYS AT The Karlin Law Firm LLP ARE LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA AND ARE NOT LICENSED TO PRACTICE LAW IN OTHER STATES OR IN COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES, AND LAW FIRM AND ITS ATTORNEYS WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY LEGAL INFORMATION OR PROVIDE ANY SERVICES WHICH REQUIRE A LICENSE TO PRACTICE LAW IN THESE OTHER STATES OR IN TERRITORIES, GEOGRAPHICAL AREAS, OR COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE UNITED STATES. ANY INFORMATION SET FORTH ON The Karlin Law Firm LLP INTERNET WEBSITE IS GENERAL IN NATURE AND IS NOT INTENDED TO APPLY TO, AND DOES NOT APPLY TO, NOR SHOULD IT BE USED FOR OR RELIED ON FOR ANY PARTICULAR CASE, MATTER, OR SITUATION. ANY SUCH INFORMATION SHALL NOT BE RELIED ON BY THE PERSON VIEWING THE SITE AS, OR FOR, LEGAL INFORMATION OR LEGAL ADVICE. NO ATTORNEY-CLIENT RELATIONSHIP IS ESTABLISHED BY VIEWING THIS SITE OR BY SENDING AN EMAIL OR MAKING A TELEPHONE CALL OR OTHER ATTEMPTED COMMUNICATION WITH LAW FIRM OR WITH ANY OF ITS ATTORNEYS.

IN THE EVENT OF ANY DISPUTE OR CONTROVERSY ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH VIEWING THIS WEBSITE, OR ARISING OUT OF OR CONNECTED WITH ANY INFORMATION OR SERVICES REQUESTED, RECEIVED, OR OMITTED, FROM OR BY LAW FIRM OR ANY OF ITS ATTORNEYS, AGENTS OR EMPLOYEES OR SUBCONTRACTORS, THE PERSON VIEWING THIS, HIS COMPANY(S) IF ANY, AND THE PARTIES AGREE TO SUBMIT THE DISPUTE AND CONTROVERSY TO BINDING ARBITRATION BEFORE THE AMERICAN ARBITRATION ASSOCIATION IN ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA. BY HAVING THE DISPUTE AND CONTROVERSY SUBMITTED TO BINDING ARBITRATION THE PARTIES ACKNOWLEDGE AND AGREE THAT THEY ARE GIVING UP ALL RIGHTS TO A JURY TRIAL AND ALL RIGHTS TO HAVE THE DECISION APPEALED TO A COURT OF APPEAL. EACH PARTY SHALL BE ENTITLED TO CONDUCT DISCOVERY IN THE SAME MANNER AS IF THE DISPUTE OR CONTROVERSY HAD BEEN FILED AS A CIVIL ACTION IN THE CALIFORNIA COURT. CALIFORNIA LAW SHALL CONTROL THIS AGREEMENT AND THE ARBITRATION. THE PREVAILING PARTY IN ANY ARBITRATION OR CIVIL ACTION SHALL BE ENTITLED TO ITS REASONABLE ATTORNEYS FEES, EXPERT WITNESS FEES, AND COSTS.

THE UNDERSIGNED IS ADVISED THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO, AND IS HEREBY ADVISED TO, CONSULT WITH AN INDEPENDENT ATTORNEY CONCERNING THE TERMS OF THIS AGREEMENT OR ANY OTHER AGREEMENT WITH LAW FIRM, AND IN AGREEING TO THE TERMS OF THE ARBITRATION PROVISION AND GIVING UP THE RIGHT TO A JURY TRIAL AND THE RIGHT TO APPEAL.

BY SENDING AN EMAIL OR BY COMMUNICATING WITH The Karlin Law Firm LLP OR ITS ATTORNEYS OR ANY OF ITS STAFF, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE TERMS SET FORTH ABOVE AND THE FEE SCHEDULE BELOW. IF YOU DO NOT AGREE WITH ANY OF THE TERMS DO NOT SEND ANY EMAIL AND PLEASE DO NOT COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE AT The Karlin Law Firm LLP.

IF YOU PRINT OUT A COPY OF THIS AGREEMENT, YOU MAY ALSO SHOW YOUR CONSENT TO ITS TERMS BY SIGNING BELOW AND MAILING, FAXING, OR EMAILING A SIGNED COPY TO The Karlin Law Firm LLP. IF YOU DO NOT SEND A SIGNED COPY, NEVERTHELESS, BY SENDING US AN EMAIL OR BY COMMUNICATING WITH ANYONE AT The Karlin Law Firm LLP, AS NOTED ABOVE, YOU ARE AGREEING TO THE ABOVE TERMS AND THE FEE SCHEDULE.

Attorney (first year)

$185 per hour

Attorney (from 1 to 2 years legal practice "LP")$215 per hour
Attorney (from 2 to 3 years LP)$245 per hour
Attorney (from 3 to 4 years LP)$265 per hour
Attorney (from 4 to 7 years LP; Michael J. Karlin; David E. Karlin)$295 per hour

Attorney (from 7 to 15 years LP)

$325 per hour

Attorney (from 15 to 30 years LP)

Attorney with over 30 years LP (e.g. L. Scott Karlin)

$375 per hour

$450 per hour

Staff:

Law Clerk (College Graduate)$75 per hour
Law Clerk (2d or 3d year Law School Student)$95 per hour
Legal Assistant or Paralegal (non-attorney)$135 per hour
Law Clerk (law school graduate)$175 per hour

Cost Schedule

Item Charge

Photocopying (per page)$.20
Scan Documents (per page)*$.20
Travel outside Orange County$.20 per mile
Travel over 150 milesAt cost for business class plus per diem
Long DistanceCalls At cost
Fax received (per page)$.25
Fax sent (per page)$1.00
MessengerAt cost+
MailingAt cost+
Filing FeesAt cost
Deposition feesAt cost
Investigator feesAt cost
Outside Copy Service feesAt cost+
Expert Consulting and Witness feesAt cost
On-line search and retrievalAt cost+
Printing emails, attachments to emails, or legal research per page$.20

The above charges shall apply to scanning the file and any of its pages. However, while Law Firm reserves the right to scan Law firm is not obligated to do so, whether during the time Law Firm is representing Client or upon closing of the case or matter.

FINANCE CHARGE: All bills with are not paid within 20 days of the date of the bill shall be subject to a finance charge of 10% per annum simple interest to accrue from the first day of the month of the month in which the bill was sent. PER DIEM: If travel and exceeds 30 miles, a per diem shall be added of $95.00 per day, plus first class hotel, and car rental, if necessary. AT COST+ means that Law Firm reserves the right to add 10% to the cost to cover Law Firm's administrative expense regarding the item.


MAKE A PAYMENT USING PAYPAL OR BY CREDIT CARD

I agree to the General Retainer.

CONSULTATION FEES

Case Evaluation: $100 for first half hour (New clients only)

1/10 hour time increment ($45):

½ hour time increment ($225):

1 hour time increment ($450):


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