A retainer agreement is important for two reasons:
First, it creates a solicitor-client relationship that protects both you and your lawyer. Any conversations you have with your lawyer are subject to solicitor-client privilege which means that your lawyer cannot disclose those conversations to anyone. It also means that your lawyer has professional obligations to you as their client.
Second, it outlines the rules of the relationship, just like any contract, and sets out the different obligations each party has to the other. In the Goodlawyer retainer agreement, the scope of the retainer is limited to the micro-services or fixed-fee projects you selected. This means that your Goodlawyer is only responsible for completing the services you were quoted over the platform and you are responsible for the rest of your legal affairs.
PLEASE REVIEW THIS DOCUMENT CAREFULLY BEFORE WORKING WITH A LAWYER OVER OUR PLATFORM. THIS LIMITED-SCOPE RETAINER WILL APPLY TO ALL SOLICITOR-CLIENT RELATIONSHIPS FORMED OVER OUR PLATFORM, UNLESS OTHERWISE AGREED BETWEEN THE LAWYER AND CLIENT.
By using legal services over our Platform as set out herein, you agree to follow and be bound by the following Agreement. The words "you" and "your" refer to each customer, Website visitor, or Application user. The words "we", "us" and "our" refer to Goodlawyer Inc. "Services" refers to legal services provided by a Lawyer to you over the Platform.
It is your responsibility to review this document. If at any time you disagree with this Agreement, do not use any of our services. If you have any questions about this document, please contact [email protected].
By using the Platform, the Client confirms that:
“Agreement” means this limited scope retainer entered into over the Platform to form a binding solicitor-client relationship between the Lawyer and the Client for the delivery of the Services;
“Application” means, collectively, the Goodlawyer Website together with any applicable mobile, tablet, or other smart-device applications and application program interfaces and all associated services;
“Client” means the individual or Organization that requested the Services determined as follows: (i) if the user has requested services for his or herself, then Client means that individual who specifically requested the Services over the Platform; (ii) if the Account was created by a representative of an Organization, then the Client means that Organization;
“Code” means the code(s) of ethical or professional conduct applicable to the Lawyer in the jurisdiction in which the Client is located;
“Fixed-Fee Listing” means one or more services listed by a lawyer over the Platform in which the Lawyer has stated a fixed price applicable to the legal services stated in that listing and is available for a Client User to select over the Platform;
“Goodlawyer” means Goodlawyer Inc., a body corporate incorporated under the federal laws of Canada, together with any affiliate or associate of Goodlawyer Inc. and any successor thereof;
“Goodlawyer Policies” means the most recent version of the policies posted at the following link: www.goodlawyer.ca/terms
“Lawyer” means the licensed lawyer that the Client agreed to work with over the Platform;
“Law Firm” means the partnership or limited liability partnership, or other Organization, in which the Lawyer practices, if applicable;
“Organization” means any person other than a natural person, including a corporation, association (whether incorporated or unincorporated), society, partnership, limited partnership, trust, mutual fund, charity, or not-for-profit other than any governmental entity;
“Platform” means the Application, Website, and any associated services provided by Goodlawyer;
“Platform Fees” means all other fees and taxes, if applicable, other than the legal fees quoted by the Lawyer for the Services;
“Quote” means a response by a Lawyer to a User specifying a scope of work and cost for certain legal services to be provided over the Platform either: (i) where a User has specifically requested that Lawyer to provide a response to the User’s request for services from that Lawyer or (ii) a Lawyer’s response to a completed survey by a User that indicates the User’s need for certain legal services;
“Services” means the legal services contemplated by the scope of work provided by Lawyer to the Client within the Quote or the description of the legal services in a Fixed-Fee Listing, including any amended or supplemental services as may be requested by the Client and agreed to be delivered by the Lawyer over the Platform;
“User”, “you”, or “your” refers to the individual that has visited the Website and/or Application and requested Services over the Platform; and
“Website” means the Goodlawyer website located at www.goodlawyer.ca and web-application, including any subdomains thereof, and any other websites through which Goodlawyer makes its services available.
The following provisions of this Agreement govern the Lawyer-Client relationship over the Platform:
The Client understands:
The Client accepts the risk of taking personal responsibility for decisions and actions affecting its legal affairs not contemplated by the Services.
This Agreement begins upon the Client accepting the Services.
This Agreement ends when the Client has paid and the Lawyer has completed the Services.
Upon the Lawyer confirming completion of the Services, Goodlawyer may immediately debit the credit card or bank account associated with the Client’s Account for payment of the Services and the Platform Fees associated with delivery of the Services.
Goodlawyer Policies are incorporated by reference into and form part of this Agreement between the Lawyer and Client; provided that in the event of any conflict between this Agreement and Goodlawyer Policies, the terms of this Agreement shall prevail.
The Client understands and agrees that:
Lawyers on the Platform are governed by professional rules which restrict their ability to represent another client whose interests are adverse to yours. Under applicable Codes, the Lawyer cannot act for another client whose interests are directly adverse to your immediate legal interests unless you consent. Your Lawyer will avoid circumstances in which its representation of another client would be inconsistent with the Lawyer’s duties to you. Despite the foregoing, the Client agrees and acknowledges that:
You should seek advice from independent legal counsel if you have any questions concerning the implications of providing the consent contemplated by this section.
The Client has read this Agreement and understands what it says. Specifically, you agree and acknowledges that:
The Client hereby represents and warrants: (i) if the User is the Client, that you are of the minimum legal age capable of forming a binding contract in the jurisdiction in which the Client is resident; and (ii) if the Client is an Organization, that the User has all authority and capacity to contract on behalf of the Client.
If any term, provision, covenant, or condition of this Agreement is held invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remainder of the provisions shall continue in full force and effect as if this Agreement had been executed with the invalid portion thereof eliminated.
The governing law of this Agreement shall be determined based on where the Services are provided as follows: (i) if the Client is an individual, the province in which the Client has its permanent residence; and (ii) if the Client is an Organization, the jurisdiction in which the Organization is incorporated, constituted, or organized.
This Agreement, together with the Goodlawyer Policies, constitute the entire agreement for the Services.
Goodlawyer is not a law firm and does not perform legal services directly. Goodlawyer provides an online Platform to provide users with a general understanding of the law and allow clients to connect and work with a network of lawyers over our Platform. The Website and Application may include general information on commonly encountered legal issues. However, we do not directly provide legal advice for any person. We do not review the answers or services of any lawyer for legal sufficiency and effectiveness, draw legal conclusions, provide legal advice, documents, opinions or recommendations about your legal rights, remedies, defenses, options, selection of forms, or strategies, or apply the law to the facts of your particular situation.