Including Legal Services Agreement for Clients
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PROSPECTIVE CLIENTS & LAW OFFICE DUTY OF CONFIDENTIALITY
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LEGAL SERVICES AGREEMENT FOR PAID USERS/ CLIENTS OF THE FIRM
Unless you have been provided a separate written legal services agreement, if you become a client of firm through payment and acceptance of the case by the attorney and upgrading your account on this Site, your legal services agreement is as follows:
We are not acting as your counsel with respect to this agreement. If you wish to be advised on whether you should enter into this agreement, we recommend you consult with independent counsel of your choice.
NO GUARANTEES HAVE BEEN MADE AS TO THE FINAL OUTCOME IN YOUR LEGAL MATTER, NOR HAVE ANY GUARANTEES BEEN MADE AS TO THE LENGTH OF TIME IT MAY TAKE TO ACHIEVE ANY PARTICULAR RESULT IN YOUR LEGAL MATTER.
Either party may terminate the representation at any time, subject to the attorney’s obligations under the Rules of Professional Conduct and the approval of the court if the matter is in litigation. Unless previously terminated, our representation will terminate upon completion of the services contemplated, which are limited to one of the following: (1) family-based adjustment of status case before USCIS (hereinafter “adjustment of status”) or; (2) family-based petition with USCIS and NVC/ consular support should the petition be approved (hereinafter “consular processing”). Appeals and subsequent hearings are not included. Motions to reopen or reconsider decisions are not included. Removal proceedings are not included. Refillings are not included. Recession and revocation proceedings are not included, nor is further case processing with USCIS should the consulate return the petition to USCIS for revocation after a consular interview. Federal litigation and mandamus actions are not included.
For all cases, legal representation shall be limited to exclude the following services:
- The attorney will not attend any USCIS interviews.
- The attorney will not change your address with USCIS. Warning! You are required to update USCIS of a change in address within 10 days of change. To change your address, visit: https://legalresident.com/change-address-with-uscis/
- Waivers of inadmissibility are not included. If USCIS or a consulate determines that the immigrant is inadmissible to the United States, a separate agreement and additional legal fees will be required for waiver representation.
- The attorney will not make expedite requests or assist with congressional inquires.
- The attorney will not assist with paying the USCIS immigrant visa fee for consular processing case, or with any USCIS or CBP matters after the immigrant visa is issued.
- The attorney will not respond to termination letters from the NVC or assist with termination proceedings cause by prolonged delay.
Since the above services are expressly excluded, you have chosen “limited scope” legal services to save money. We believe this is reasonable, however, we are required to disclose to you that in extreme cases, your case could be denied, you may be deported and/ or you could self-incriminate yourself as a result of receiving only “limited scope” legal services.
You are never required to speak with immigration officials if you believe that you may self-incriminate yourself. However, this may result in them not approving the immigration case and the removal of the immigrant.
Legal fees are set by the date of hire or upgrade. For single-immigrant adjustment of status cases, legal fees are currently $1,500 with a $100 discount available for a one-time payment. If you elect to make a deposit payment of $750, you will owe 5 additional monthly payments of $150 beginning one month after your deposit is made. If there are no corresponding days in the month in which the payment would normally be due, your payment date may be advanced to the last day of the month (for example, if your payment is normally on the 30th of every month, it would be charged on the 28th or 29th in February). Time if of the essence. If you fail to make all payments on the due date, the attorney may immediately withdraw from your case and discontinue representation.
If you pay the deposit with a credit card, you agree that we may automatically charge the same card every month on the due date until you have paid in full.
For single-immigrant consular processing cases, legal fees are currently $1,875. To begin, a payment of $1,000 is required. If and when the I-130 petition is approved by USCIS, the remaining $875 will be due. From time to time, the attorney may agree to accept a partial deposit (of an amount to be in the sole discretion of the attorney) of the first $1,000 payment. In that case, the remaining balance of the first $1,000 payment will be due prior to the attorney preparing and submitting the I-130 petition to USCIS. No partial payments of the second $875 amount are permitted.
Discounts for multiple immigrants and prior clients are available in the discretion of the attorney. In the event a multiple-immigrant discount or other discount is offered, the total amount of legal fees and payment due date(s) will be typed in the “Attorney Notes” page of this site and immediately available for printing at the time of hire. The remaining terms of this agreement will be the same.
For consular processing cases, the client may elect to discontinue services for consular processing, and convert the case to an “I-130 only” case, once the I-130 petition is approved. The client may choose to do this for any reason, including for example; 1) if they do not want to continue working with the law firm; 2) if they do not want to continue processing their case, or; 3) if a possibility for adjustment of status has arisen, or if a waiver of inadmissibility is required, and they would like to negotiate with the firm to provide these services at a discounted rate (pursuant to a separate written legal services agreement). Should the client choose to convert the case from a consular processing case to an I-130 only case, the law firm will not seek to collect the remaining $875 dollars on this contract for regularly priced single-immigrant consular processing cases – or whatever portion has not been paid at the time of I-130 approval(s) for multiple-immigrant/ prior client discount cases.
Unearned funds are deposited in Law Firm’s Colorado Lawyer Trust Account Foundation (COLTAF) bank account. If the representation is terminated or suspended before the conclusion of the matter(s) – for any reason, including but not limited to, when the entire scope of representation described above is not required or if the attorney dies, becomes incapacitated or is suspended from the practice of law or disbarred – the payor will receive the entire flat fee amount paid minus earned fees. Fees are earned as follows: The entire amount (up to a maximum of $3,500 for multiple-immigrant bulk discount cases) is earned on the date of payment for a technology consultation wherein the attorney configures your account and opens your client file, explains how to use the Site as an upgraded user, provides you with access to the firm’s intellectual property in the form of checklists and other documents, and becomes immediately available to you for ongoing support. The remaining amount for multiple-immigrant bulk discount cases above $3,500 will be earned for submitting any petition or application to USCIS.
If the fees are being paid by a third party, our ethical duties of confidentiality and communications are owed to the clients, not to the person paying the fees. All decisions regarding the legal status and strategy of the case shall be discussed only with the clients unless the clients give permission. Any refund shall be returned to the party who provided the funds.
In addition to attorney’s fees, you agree to pay for any expenses related to your case. The following are some anticipated costs for which you will be responsible:
Costs for Adjustment of Status Cases (Single Immigrant)
Estimated Filing Fees for Adjustment of Status: $1,760
Medical Examination of Immigrant: Approx. $300-$500
Costs for Consular Processing Cases (Single Immigrant)
Estimated Filing Fees for I-1330 Petition w/ USCIS: $535
Estimated Filing Fees for NVC: $445
Estimated Filing Fees for Green Card Post Approval: $220 (USCIS Immigrant Visa Fee)
It is expressly understood that other costs may apply as your case continues to be processed. Furthermore, USCIS fees fluctuate and may increase. They are sometimes the subject of litigation. Since you are expected to act quickly to assist us to prepare your case, we will not give you advance notice of scheduled fee increases, or notify you of litigation that could affect USCIS fee increases. Should you have a question regarding the correct fee amount for your case at any given time, please contact us directly.
We cannot effectively represent you without your cooperation and assistance. You agree to cooperate fully with us and to provide promptly all information known or available to you that is relevant to our representation.
The primary method of communication from attorney to client will be email. You agree to receive all notifications and case updates by email only. It is not our policy to contact you by phone or mail regarding these items, so you should whitelist our email address (email@example.com) and regularly check your spam folder for important emails from us.
You agree to keep us advised of your current contact information (e.g., mailing address, residential address, email address, and all current telephone numbers) at all times, and agree to maintain open lines of communication with us. Failure to do so will authorize us to withdraw from any further representation.
It is expected that you act quickly to assist us prepare your case. If more than three months have passed since you have hired us, and you still have not provided us with all of the necessary information and items to file your case (including filing fees), your client file will be closed and we will not take any further action to represent you or apprise you of changes in the law affecting your legal situation until if and when everything is provided. Your user account may be locked or deleted for security purposes. Keep in mind that we may require one or more weeks to prepare your case after we receive all items from you.
Documents and images uploaded to this Site are not included in the client file until if and when the attorney selects them to be used. Unused digital files are not retained by the firm. Therefore, you should keep copies for your future use. You cannot rely on the attorney to keep copies of them for you on this Site.
Please do not travel outside of the United States without first contacting us. This could cause you very serious legal consequences. Even if you receive a travel document or other written permission to travel outside of the United States, you must first contact us so that we can assess your situation immediately prior to booking your travel. You are not guaranteed reentry to the United States under any circumstances.
POSSIBILITY OF DATA/ SECURITY BREACH/ THIRD-PARTY SITES
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