The written agreement for services generally starts the legal relationship between the attorney and client. Typically called a legal services or retainer agreement, it defines and protects the attorney-client relationship and services. The traditional billing model is based on an hourly rate that is started with a signed retainer agreement and payment. Once the initial retainer payment is exhausted, the client is notified and either the retainer is replenished or a time sheet with an invoice is sent out within a 30-day pay period after the retainer has been exhausted.
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