The doctor`s first consultation with the physician to determine if there is a legal problem is not considered to be dependent on a fortuitous benefit, although the other basic benefits, namely the three letters and the appearance before the P.R.O., are contingent. Under the agreement, services worth up to US$145 that depend on an accidental event may be provided as part of the basic replacement service. The balance of the $165 tax not only covers consultation, but can also be considered membership in the program, with the right to reduced services. If your tax can change, you will indicate the circumstances under which the tax could change and whether your specified tax applies to the entire commitment. If you request a change to your tax and a dispute arises later, you may need to prove that any changes to the existing pricing contract were appropriate in the circumstances at the time of the change and that it was declared and accepted to the Customer. Rule 1.16, refusing or terminating representation, describes the circumstances in which you may disengage from a client`s representation. Your engagement contract must inform the client that you have the right to resign subject to judicial authorization, if any, as well as the reasons and procedure for this termination. If clients do not return an engagement agreement, it can cause potential problems and confusion as to whether you are really their lawyer. To combat this, if you sign the commitment agreement to the customer instead of having them signed while they are in your office, you should specifically specify that the provisions (including the tax) are valid only if the contract is signed within a specified time frame and specify that if the agreement (and the retention tax) is not received within that time frame. You do not have to represent the customer. It may be advisable to continue a letter without commitment after the deadline has expired.
However, the agreement does not specify what would happen if there were more than one peer review procedure.