ATTORNEY-CLIENT ENGAGEMENT AGREEMENT
I Am Your Attorney and You Are My Client
I am Bryan Eisenbise, a California licensed attorney. I practice under the professional corporation, "Eisenbise Law, PC" but do business as "Living Trust Law Group" I am being hired by you, the client.
These Are My Responsibilities as Your Attorney
We agree to provide you the legal services as outlined above in Section 2. As a California licensed attorney, I also have other responsibilities to you including (but not limited to):
Duty of Confidentiality: I cannot share your information with any third party unless you tell me to.
Duty of Loyalty: I must act in your best interest and do nothing to harm you.
Duty to Avoid Conflict: I cannot do anything that would jeopardize my Duty of Loyalty to you.
Duty to Advise: I must accurately advise you of your legal rights, obligations, and options.
Duty of Competency: I hold myself out to be educated and able to perform the scope of services.
Duty of Legality: I must always comply with the law in anything I do or advise you to do.
Duty of Morality: I must respect the rule of law, our legal system, and the betterment of society.
These Are the Services We Are Providing
We will create a complete living trust bundle for you consisting of a revocable living trust, pourover will(s), power(s) of attorney, advance health care directive(s), HIPAA authorization(s), certification of trust, marital property agreement (if applicable), general assignment, assignment of personal property, final memorial instructions, and the transfer of one property into your trust. Additional properties can be transferred for $200 each. (Requires separate agreement. We can discuss later).
These Are Your Responsibilities
You agree to pay the fee as noted below. You also agree to reply to our communication, and provide me with requested information, feedback, and approval of any drafts, all in a reasonably timely manner.
How We Handle Fees
In order to keep the price you pay so low, we also need to keep our costs low. One of the ways we do that is that we collect all fees up front rather than hire someone to track down unpaid balances. However, Under California Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.5(e), this money is only "earned" by us upon us providing the service. In other words, under California State Bar regulations (which govern my license and my livelihood), you can request any unearned fees back at any time.
How We Manage and Protect Your Information
We make a specific effort only to discuss and collect information that we need to create your living trust bundle. We do not collect social security numbers, account numbers, or other private information we don't need. All of our notes and work product is stored on Google's cloud storage platform and is accessed only by our attorneys and staff. Everyone has been trained to safely and securely handle this information.
This agreement is governed by the laws of the state of California.
Section titles are for reference only and do not substantively affect the agreement.
This agreement contains our entire agreement and no other discussion contractually binds us.
Pursuant to California Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 1.4.2(a), I have chosen to self-insure.
Unless we promptly email you to cancel, this agreement is deemed to be also signed by us.
This agreement may be modified only by written agreement of you and I.
I understand and agree to the foregoing terms.