Pro Bono Agreement
Professional Alliance for Children
Agreement for Pro Bono Legal Assistance
This agreement is intended to set forth our relationship as required by the Business and Professions Code section 6148 of California Code. If the terms of this agreement are acceptable, please sign this agreement and return it to us. We cannot assist you with any legal matter until we receive this agreement.1. Identification of the Parties. This agreement is made between James P. Dell of the Professional Alliance for Children (“Attorney”) and ___________________________________________________________ (“Client”).
2. General Nature of Assistance. Attorney will assist Client with __________________ _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
3. Respective Responsibilities of Attorney and Client. Attorney will endeavor to represent Client competently in accordance with the highest legal and ethical standards. The Client certifies that no other attorney is representing Client in this matter and understands that Attorney cannot and does not promise a successful outcome. Client will be cooperative, responsible and truthful in Client’s relationship with Attorney. Both parties have the right to withdraw from this relationship at any time. Additionally, Client should obtain all assistance available to Client from additional available resources, such as from social workers from medical providers and public resources. Client should keep Attorney informed of the assistance received from these additional resources.
4. Attorneys’ Fees. Attorney will not charge Client for attorneys’ fees. Client is responsible for costs and expenses. However, Attorney in their sole discretion may choose to absorb any cost or expense. If Attorney is not able to absorb a cost or expense, Attorney agrees to obtain Client’s authorization prior to incurring a cost or expense.
5. Dispute Resolution. Occasionally, attorneys and their clients have disputes arising from their relationship. If this happens between Client and Attorney, both parties agree that the dispute will not be resolved by lawsuit. Instead, if we are unable to work out the dispute among ourselves, then, upon the request of any party, it will be resolved by arbitration conducted by the American Arbitration Association in San Diego. Judgment upon any reward rendered by the arbitrator may be entered in any court of competent jurisdiction.
(a) This agreement contains the entire agreement between Client and Attorney. This agreement may be modified only by subsequent written agreement between Client and Attorney.
(b) If any provision of this agreement is held in whole or in part to be unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of that provision and of the entire agreement will remain in effect.
(c) This agreement shall apply to any additional or subsequent matters that Attorney agrees to undertake on behalf of the Client, unless the parties agree in writing to some different arrangement.
Attorney Signature: ______________________
James P. Dell, Professional Alliance for Children
The foregoing is agreed to by: