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CREDIT CARD ACCEPTANCE POLICY
As a convenience to our Clients, and to facilitate the ability of persons to obtain legal services when needed, R L Wilson Law Firm accepts credit card payments. This web page enables Clients to remit payments to us by entering their credit card information and self-completing the payment transaction. We will not see or store your credit card information.
Acceptance of credit cards as a payment solution for our clients comes at an expense to us, as our credit card processing vendor (Law Pay) charges us a fee for each payment transaction. Texas consumer protection laws prohibit merchants from penalizing customers who pay by credit card. Accordingly, we absorb a small loss each time we accept a credit card payment because we do not add or collect any surcharge.
All credit card payments made to this firm are subject to the terms of the Client Letter of Engagement / Attorney-Client Contract (or in the case of a consultation, the Customer Consultation Agreement), and the following policies. When you pay us by credit card using this page, you agree to all of the following terms and conditions:
TYPES OF CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WE ACCEPT
R L Wilson Law Firm accepts payment by credit card of two (2) categories of legal expenses, as follows:
(1) Earned Fees and Reimbursements of Case Expenses that we have advanced (this includes Consultation Fees and Flat Fees); and
(2) Unearned Fees and Advance Payments of Case Expenses that we expect to incur (commonly referred to as a “Retainer”).
Credit card payments made to us are treated differently depending on whether the payment is intended for Earned Fees or a Retainer.
Specifically, payment for services already rendered, consultation fees, flat fees and expense reimbursements (Earned Fees) will be deposited directly to our operating account, and are not refundable. Payment of Retainers and Advance Payments of Case Expenses will be deposited to our client trust account, which such account is maintained in accordance with the Texas IOLTA Program. Funds maintained in our trust account are kept separate from our funds (at a separate financial institution), and withdrawals from client trust accounts are subject to state bar rules.
CLIENT RESPONSIBLE FOR PROPERLY CHARACTERIZING PAYMENTS
It is critical that clients who utilize this web page to make credit card payments accurately designate each payment as being for either Earned Fees (Blue Button above) or Retainer (Gold Button above). Improper characterization may result in the payment being diverted to the wrong financial institution, and may occasion a delay in our delivery of legal services.
PAYMENTS FOR EARNED FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE
Funds representing payments for services already rendered, reimbursements of case expense we have advanced, Consultation Fees and Flat Fees are considered earned by this law firm upon receipt. As such, credit card payments for these types of Earned Fees are not refundable.
You agree that if you make a payment by credit card, you will NOT cancel, charge back, or revoke the card, nor dispute the charge with the credit card company, or otherwise demand a reversal of the charges by the credit card company. Breach of this provision constitutes a material breach of your Consultation Agreement and/or Letter of Engagement, and may result in a termination of the attorney-client relationship, and possibly subject you to legal action as an adverse party.
RETAINER PAYMENTS MAY NOT BE REVERSED. RETAINER PAYMENTS TO CLIENT WILL BE BY CHECK
Disbursements from trust accounts are subject to rules governing lawyers’ safekeeping of property. This firm does not make any disbursement from our trust account by credit card, including by reversal or charge back of any payment made by credit card. Therefore, you agree that if you make a Retainer payment by credit card, you will NOT cancel, charge back, or revoke the card, nor dispute the charge with the credit card company, or otherwise demand a reversal of the charges by the credit card company.
Instead, you agree to notify our firm in writing if you wish to terminate the attorney-client relationship. Upon receipt of such written notice, we will refund any unused and/or undisputed Retainer balance in accordance with the terms of your Letter of Engagement. Any and all refunds of any trust funds/Retainers will be made by check drawn upon our trust account. Breach of this provision constitutes a material breach of your Letter of Engagement, and may result in a termination of the attorney-client relationship, and possibly subject you to legal action as an adverse party.
By utilizing this web page to process a credit card payment, you authorize R L WILSON LAW FIRM to charge the amount specified to the credit card account provided by you. Your initiation of the payment transaction and/or placement of your digital/typewritten name on the signature block on our Payments web page (or any linked Law Pay web page) shall be considered an “electronic signature” for purposes of the Texas Uniform Electronic Transactions Act.
CHARGEBACKS AND DISPUTED CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS
If, after a payment by credit card, you do dispute the charges and cancel, revoke, or charge back a previously entered charge on your credit card such that a fee, penalty, overdraft, or other unanticipated charge is posted to our operating account or trust account, and it is later determined that the charge was properly authorized, you agree to pay all out of pocket fees and costs (including legal fees) incurred by this law firm as a result of the improper cancellation, revocation, charge back or dispute.