Attorney Engagement Letter [Free Samples]

A client can hire an attorney to provide legal services on their behalf via an attorney engagement letter. The scope of work and pay ($/hour) will be discussed between the attorney and the client. 

In most circumstances, an attorney would ask for a retainer, which serves as a deposit for future services. After that, until the services are completed, the attorney will bill and invoice the client as needed.

sample 1 - Attorney Engagement Letter

LAW OFFICE LETTERHEAD

Attorney’s Name
Attorney’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

DATE

Client’s Name
Client’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Engagement for legal services
File ID: NUMBER

Dear Client’s Name:

We are pleased that you have asked our firm to serve as your counsel. The purpose of this letter is to confirm in writing the nature of the engagement and the terms of our representation in the state of Name of State. 

If you have any questions about this agreement please call me for clarification. If you agree with the terms, kindly sign and return one copy of this letter.

Range of Representation

We have been engaged to represent Client’s Name for the purpose of [STATE PURPOSE], which will hereafter be referred to as the “matter”.

Fees and Billing

Our fees are based on an hourly rate for each attorney, from [AMOUNT] to [AMOUNT] and for legal assistants who give time to this matter from AMOUNT to [AMOUNT] per hour. 

These rates are subject to change. Other factors that may determine fees are the urgency of the matter, the responsibility assumed, the difficulty of the matter, time constraints put by the client and the results obtained as well as any unforeseen circumstances.

Out-of-pocket as well as administrative expenses are billed. I have attached our billing fee policy that is part of the terms and conditions of our engagement. We reserve the right to withdraw if these bills are not paid. 

You will deposit the amount of [AMOUNT] in our trust account for fees and costs. We may ask for more to be deposited should it appear to be necessary. If there is any balance in the account when the matter is complete, we will return it to you.

I will send documents including pleadings and correspondence to you. These are your file copies and should be retained. Please bring all copies to our meetings, so we both have all the information. 

When my legal work on the matter is complete, I will return all original documents to you. I will keep copies for seven (7) years from the date the matter ends and destroy the file at that time unless you ask me in writing to keep the documents for a longer period.

If you agree with everything stated in this letter and the attached billing policy, please sign one copy and send it back to be by certified mail.

We are happy to represent you, and you can call at any time for more information.

Sincerely,

Signature of Attorney
Printed Name of Attorney

I hear-by give my consent to the contents of this letter. I agree with the proposed course of conduct and have received adequate information. I understand the risks and reasonable alternatives to the proposed course of conduct.

Client’s Signature

Printed Name of Client and DATE

sample 2 - Attorney Engagement Letter

LAW OFFICE LETTERHEAD

Attorney’s Name
Attorney’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

DATE

Client’s Name
Client’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Engagement for legal services
File ID: NUMBER

Dear Client’s Name,

With effect from [date], this is to confirm and accept the letter of engagement with [client’s name]. I would be delighted to work for your company for [amount] per hour. I’ll take on assignments when they become available.

With multiple projects to work on, I would spend 5 hours every day working on an aggregate. In addition, for any additional hours of labor, I would charge proportionately.

Please sign one copy and return it to us by certified mail if you agree with everything stated in this letter and the accompanying documents.

We would be delighted to represent you, and you may contact us at any time for additional information.

Sincerely,

Signature of Attorney
Printed Name of Attorney
Enclosures: documents

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