CONTRACT & AUTHORITY TO PERFORM ASSIGNMENT AND AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES.
Morgan Turner Freeman, Private Investigators & Private Detectives. CONTRACT & AUTHORITY TO PERFORM ASSIGNMENT AND AGREEMENT FOR SERVICES. This contract is VOID if altered by the clients or their attorneys.
THIS AGREEMENT made this ___________ day of __________ in the year two thousand and ________________at _________________________. Between Morgan Turner Freeman, a business duly REGISTERED AND LICENSED in SACRAMENTO, California , with offices in New York, California and Washington DC, USA, (hereinafter called the "Investigator") of the one part and _________________________________________________(hereinafter called the "Client") of__________________________________________________________________________________ WHEREAS the parties agree as follows: 1. In consideration of above named Client paying the sum of_____________________dollars ("the retainer") the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged Investigator agrees to undertake on behalf of the Client the following investigatory services: To attempt to,________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 2. Client will provide to Investigator truthful information, documents and cooperation as may be required to carry out the Assignment. 3. In performing the services herein agreed to, the Investigator will at all times use its skill, expertise and judgment but will at no time undertake any conduct or action which could be statutorily, civilly or criminally unlawful. 4. Investigator will undertake to carry out the Assignment diligently and to report to the Client, and not any 3rd parties, verbally the progress of the Assignment and the charges debited in respect thereof. Written reports are not included in the foregoing fees and will be charged at the normal hourly rate for engrossing, proof reading and dissemination. 5. All instructions and information obtained by Investigator shall be treated as confidential and will not be disclosed by Investigator to any third parties other than Client without the express written consent of the Client or pursuant to a Court order or as otherwise required by law. Investigator's methods and strategies are Investigator's confidential trade secrets and proprietary information; Investigator reserves the right in all instances to keep such information confidential (even from Client) and in the event Investigator does share such information with Client, Client agrees not to disclose the source to anyone else. 6. The Client will contact Investigator and give no less than eight hours notice of postponement or cancellation of any one instance of surveillance or other booked work, otherwise a charge of four hours work will apply at the rate set out in clause 10. 7. The Investigator may terminate this agreement by written notice to the Client of its intention to so do if it subsequently appears to the Investigator that it will be required to engage in conduct which could be statutorily, civilly or criminally unlawful and in which event all moneys held in credit will be forfeited by the Client to the Investigator and not refunded. 8. Unless this agreement provides for a single Fixed Fee, Client agrees to pay the reasonable value of the services rendered by Investigator, based primarily upon the prevailing hourly rate of each investigator, contractor or adviser, or other adviser involved in the matter for all time expended, including, without limitation, investigations, consultations, telephone calls, conferences, research, drafting, negotiations, and court appearances. Our hourly rate is $...............for all normal personnel other than office staff. Client also agrees to pay all costs reasonably necessary for the representation of this matter including, but not limited to, long-distance telephone calls, reproduction of documents, word processing, messenger charges, auto mileage, and travel expenses. 9. The parties have agreed to a specific fixed fee of ................ for the entire assignment. The hourly rate of Clause 8 does not apply. 10. Investigator charges a minimum of tHREE hundred dollars for any in-office conferences, and at 15 minute increments of the hourly rate for telephone or email service, and four hours minimum for each duty performed out of the office. Additional office time will be billed in quarter-hour increments. Client will contact Investigator and give no less than eight hours notice of postponement or cancellation of any surveillance or other booked work, otherwise a minimum charge of four hours work will apply. 11. Any payment referred to in this Agreement is accepted in cash, bank or internet transfer or check. Any costs required to expedite the receipt of funds paid to the Investigator by any other means are charged to the Client's account as per Clauses 8 & 9. 12. Any request for Investigator to attend Client outside the office whether to report or receive funds will be charged at the same hourly rate and mileage rates as the rest of the Assignment. Office conferences are at a minimum of tHREE hundred dollars each. 13. Investigator is not bound by any offer or guarantee by any person unless this offer or guarantee is given in writing on an official form or letterhead. 14. Client may terminate this Agreement at any time by giving at least eight hours written notice of its intention to terminate in which event Investigator will reimburse to Client any excess moneys paid in advance by the Client other than the retainer, and Client will pay any outstanding moneys to Investigator within seven days of the date of notification otherwise a Fee of 15% per month will accrue. 15. This agreement sets forth our entire agreement. It may not be modified except in writing. This agreement shall be governed by the laws of the State in which this agreement is concluded, as applied to contracts. The Courts of the said State shall have jurisdiction over any dispute arising under this Agreement.
Signed by or for the Client Signed by or for the Investigator _________________________
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