Sample Joint Retainer Acknowledgment and Consent

(This form may be used be either lawyers or paralegals. Use discretion to amend the form to suit the circumstances of the individual matter.)

 

You have asked [me/us] to act as your [lawyer(s)/paralegal(s)] in the above matter.

As you know I (we) have also been asked to act as [lawyer(s)/paralegal(s)] to __________________________________________________ in the above matter.

In acting for more than one party, no information received in connection with the matter from one party can be treated as confidential so far as any of the others are concerned.

If a conflict develops that cannot be resolved, I (we) cannot continue to act for both or all of you and may have to withdraw completely.

 

or alternatively where applicable

I (we) confirm your agreement that if an issue contentious between you and _______________ _______________________________ arises, I (we) may continue to advise ________________ _______________________________ about the contentious matter and that I (we) will refer you to another lawyer or paralegal.

 

and where applicable

I (we) confirm that you are aware that I (we) act regularly for and have a continuing relationship with _________________________________________________________ and that I (we) have recommended that you obtain independent legal advice about the joint retainer prior to retaining me (us).

 

If you still wish me (us) to act on your behalf in the above matter, please confirm your instructions by signing and returning the enclosed copy of this letter.

 

Yours very truly,

 

 

I acknowledge that I have read and understood the above letter. I consent to _______________ ______________________________ acting on my behalf, notwithstanding the conflict.

 

 

DATED at ________________________this ________ day of __________________, 20___.

 

_______________________________

(Signed)

cc. copy to _____________________________  for signing and return.