The management and employees of the person or company using this website, https://Paradieslaw.com, (“Client”) agree to the following terms and conditions of this agreement with Paradies Law P.A. (the “Firm” or “Paradies Law”). Client agrees to join Paradies Law in its efforts to continuously strive for improvement.
Client acknowledges that good communications are essential for effective and efficient management of intellectual property matters, and failure to maintain open access and communication with Paradies Law can impair my rights in my intellectual property. Client expects attorneys to be available to timely answer questions, and Client will do the same. Client will be available to communicate with employees of the Firm. When Client has a question, Client will contact an attorney of the Firm for an answer. Client understands that only an attorney may provide legal advice, and communications with non-attorney professionals in the office of Paradies Law P.A. is limited to administrative matters and facts.
Client opts in to receive periodic email and newsletters.
The professionals of Paradies Law will answer the phone when available and will respond to email and voicemail within 24 hours. If Client does not hear from a legal professional within 24 hours, then Client will immediately call and inquire about the delay. We use a scheduling application to make it easy to schedule a meeting, usually within one business day, on a first come first serve basis.
Client agrees provide its current, best contact information and to be available by telephone, cellphone and email. Client will update contact information as it changes and respond to requests for information, execution of documents and actions requiring Client input within 24 hours, if at all possible. If not possible, Client will let Paradies Law P.A. know when Client will be available.
Client agrees to pay for the costs incurred by Paradies Law in preparing, filing and advancing Client’s intellectual property interests. Generally, Paradies Law will not incur any costs on Client’s behalf unless Client has given recent instructions to proceed in a matter. Client’s failure to stay in communication with the firm or to timely pay costs for matters might cause a delay in processing and an absolute and irrevocable loss of rights and abandonment of Client’s intellectual property assets. In the absence of any communication from Client, Paradies Law will take no action and will allow pending applications and issued patents to go abandoned. Client acknowledges that an amount sufficient to cover out-of-pocket costs will be required in advance in almost every instance. Client will provide advance deposits for costs that will be incurred on Client’s behalf, including, without limitation, costs and fees for foreign counsel retained for advancing intellectual property matters worldwide. Failure to provide an advance deposit for disbursements or a prepaid fee might cause a delay in processing and an absolute and irrevocable loss of rights and abandonment of Client’s intellectual property assets.
An advance deposit for disbursements may be deposited in a retainer account (IOTA), which may accrue interest payable to the Florida Bar, or otherwise, as required by the rules of the Florida Bar. Paradies Law may apply any advance deposit immediately to outstanding disbursement balances on Client’s account, and the total amount due on Client’s next invoice will reflect the application of the advance deposit. If an advance deposit is combined with a prepaid flat fee or other legal fees, then the entire amount will be deposited in a firm retainer account (IOTA), and the amount for the prepaid flat fee will be transferred immediately to the firm’s operating account, less any fees charged by a processor or bank for the transfer of funds to the retainer account (IOTA), as provided by the rules of the Florida Bar. All flat fee invoices are prepaid flat fee invoices and are deposited in the firm operating account for work to be performed upon receipt along with costs to be incurred immediately by the firm.
To increase efficiency in processing advance deposits and fees, Paradies Law has established two separate credit card processing accounts, one for advance deposits for disbursements, which are deposited in a retainer account (IOTA) and one for legal fees and prepaid alternative fee arrangements, which may be deposited directly to the firm’s operating account. This is a best practice under the Florida Bar’s ethical guidelines. Client agrees to pay the amounts to the appropriate account as indicated on the invoice.
From time to time, usually at least monthly, disbursements, other than part of a prepaid flat fee, will be invoiced, and any amount in excess of deposits on retainer will be immediately due and payable upon delivery of the invoice. If all or a portion of the advance deposit is an evergreen retainer, then a portion of the amount paid on the invoice may be used to replenish the evergreen retainer amount in the retainer account. Any amounts due to Paradies Law for fees or costs may be withdrawn from the evergreen retainer at any time in satisfaction of amounts owed. Paradies Law will use prepaid flat fees for most ordinary matters to avoid having to request an evergreen retainer.
Client agrees to pay Paradies Law for legal services rendered. If no alternative fee arrangement is selected, then Paradies Law shall keep detailed time records, rounded up to the nearest quarter of an hour, if permitted by law, and otherwise rounded up to the nearest tenth of an hour, and will send me an invoice showing the time recorded, normally at least monthly, listing the billing rate and the total billed by each legal professional in the firm. If the invoice provides an alternative fee arrangement, then the invoice that Client receives may show merely the prepaid flat fees and any amounts owed for disbursements. Any flat fees or hourly fees incurred outside of the alternative fee arrangement will be shown, separately. Client understands and acknowledges that flat fees and alternative fees and the firm’s expenses listed on the invoice are paid at the time of receipt, deposited into the firm’s operating account and are accounted for as required by the Florida Bar’s rules.
If forms or agreements are provided, these are copyrighted, and the copyright is owned by Paradies IP Solutions, LLC. Paradies Law grants Client the right to use the forms or agreements, as prepared by Paradies Law, and to enter information into fields provided for that purpose. Client may make copies of the form for Client’s use, but Client may not modify or make derivative works of the forms without the prior written permission of Paradies Law.
You acknowledge and agree that Paradies Law PA is permitted to use cloud-based software for case managment (CLIO) and for email communications (Microsoft Outlook) and voice/video communications (Zoom and google voice). Attorney-client privilege protects you from disclosure of confidential information and opinions of counsel. The cloud applications that we are using probably more secure than maintaining our own servers in this era of computer hacking and espionage, but no system is perfect. We recommend that you use secure communications for your most sensitivie information that uses NIST grade encryption in transmission and during storage. Let us know what application that you use, and we will make every effort to comply with your security requirements. As an intellectual property firm, we seldom need access to your most sensitive information. Applications that we file for copyright, trademark and patents will be made available to the public. However, formal and informal legal opinions are not made public and should not be shared with others to protect attorney-client priviilege. Attorney-client privilege may be waived merely by discussing the existence of legal opinions with others. You acknowledge and agree that any legal opinion provided by Paradies Law PA is solely for your internal use and cannot be relied upon by any third party for any purpose, whether the opinion is provide formally in writing or informally in any other way.
Both Client and Paradies Law may terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time, and Client agrees to appoint new legal counsel and to inform Paradies Law of the contact information of newly appointed legal counsel.