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Introduction to Legal Services Agreements

January 24 & 26, 2023 via live Zoom Sessions | (2:00-3:30 p.m. ET/11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PT)

Almost every attorney deals with legal services agreements (also known as retainer agreements) on a daily basis.  While having a written record with the terms of the attorney-client relationship can be helpful, many legal services agreements are overly complex, one sided, and not client or victim-centered. 

Part 1 of this webinar series will offer an introduction on the core purpose of a legal services agreement, explain the essential parts of the agreement, and identify what terms should be reconsidered or left out.  In this webinar, you will preview the ABA CDSV’s new Model Legal Services Agreement, hear about lessons learned, and receive tips for what you and your organizations can do to rethink and improve your legal services agreements.

Part 2 of this webinar series will take a deeper dive into legal services agreements and best practices when using them.  In this webinar, you will learn more about how to make legal services agreements more accessible and address special considerations that may arise when executing agreements with minors and individuals with disabilities.

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The content of this program does not meet requirements for continuing legal education (CLE) accreditation. You will not receive CLE credit for participating.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2018-TA-AX-K006 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women.