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Forms: Consulting/Expert Witness Agreement (CEWA)

Please complete the information below, leaving any non-applicable questions blank. The “Explanation of Problem/Issues” area is open-ended so that you may write or type as much as you feel necessary to explain your problem. Use an extra page if necessary.

Please fill out the form, print it out and mail it to 907 Sir Francis Drake Blvd. Kentfield, CA 94904. You can also download this form as a .pdf, fill it in and mail it as instructed above.

Law Firm Information

Name

Date

Law Firm Name

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

Email

Phone

Best time to contact

Fax

A. Services Available

I, the undersigned, hereby agree to retain Mortgage Banking Expert Services, LLC (“MBES”) to render the following services (please check all that are applicable):

1. Review a single loan file and supporting documents supplied by me and provide an oral consultation of up to one hour. My check for $275.00 plus the appropriate documents are enclosed herein. I have also completed Parts B and C below.

2. Review a single loan file and supporting documents supplied by me, provide an oral consultation of up to one hour, and thereafter submit a confidential written report to me. My check for $475.00 plus the appropriate documents are enclosed herein. I have also completed Parts B and C below.

3. Review a single loan file and supporting documents supplied by me, and thereafter submit a confidential written report to me. I do not need an oral consultation. My check for $375.00 plus the appropriate documents are enclosed herein. I have also completed Parts B and C below.

4.  Review a single loan file and supporting documents PLUS refer to MBES’s staff lawyers for a review of possible legal causes of action.  Thereafter, I will have an oral consultation of up to one hour with the reviewing MBES staff.  My check for $500.00 plus the appropriate documents are enclosed herein.  I have also completed Parts B, C and D, below.

5. Review a single loan file and supporting documents PLUS refer copy of complaint letter by borrower or lawsuit by borrower to MBES’s staff lawyers for a review and determination of possible legal defenses to complaint letter or lawsuit.  Thereafter, I will have an oral consultation of up to one hour with the reviewing MBES staff lawyer.  My check for $500.00 plus the appropriate documents are enclosed herein.  I have also completed Parts B, C and D, below.

6. I wish to retain MBES to supply on-going consulting services up to and including supplying expert witness testimony.  I have completed Part D.

B. Documents Included Herein

1. Loan File
2. Payment History
3. Servicing Notes
4. Complaint Letter
5. clients explanation of problems/issues

C. Summary of Factual Data

(If LAW FIRM clients have filled out a Borrower(s) Explanation Form LAW FIRM does not need to complete this Section. Simply attach a copy Borrowers(s) Explanation Form.)

Name

Date

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

Email

Phone

Address of Mortgaged Property;
(if same as mailing address, so indicate)

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

 

 

 

 

If you have a First Loan, please answer the following

Principal Amount of Loan

Date Loan Closed

Name of Your Loan Officer

Name of the Mortgage Brokerage Company

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

Name of Your Original Lender (The company where you first sent your payments.)

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

   

If you have a Second Loan, please answer the following

Principal Amount of Loan

Date Loan Closed

Name of Your Loan Officer

Name of the Mortgage Brokerage Company

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

Name of Your Original Lender (The company where you first sent your payments.)

Street Address

City

 

 

 

State

Zip

 

Explanation of Problem/Issues

D. Retaining MBES as a Consultant/Expert Witness

I, the undersigned, hereinafter “the LAW FIRM”, hereby wish to retain Mortgage Banking Expert Services, LLC (“MBES”) with regards to the mortgage banking issues raised in the potential legal matter of , hereinafter “the LEGAL MATTER.” LAW FIRM understands that MBES must first run a “conflicts check” before accepting this assignment. As such, all of the interested parties are either listed in the Explanation of Problem/Issues in Part C, are in the Complaint supplied herein, or are listed in an accompanying document, along with their addresses, if known. MBES agrees to notify LAW FIRM promptly when the conflicts check is completed. Assuming that there is no conflict, then LAW FIRM agrees to retain the services of MBES on the LEGAL MATTER as stated below.

1. Description of Services

MBES agrees to perform the following services (please initial which services LAW FIRM wish to retain):
to act solely as a CONSULTANT for such material mortgage banking issues as are relevant to the LEGAL MATTER.
to act as a CONSULTANT and then, upon designation by LAW FIRM, to become an EXPERT WITNESS with regards to the LEGAL MATTER. In connection with such services MBES agrees to perform all such work as is necessary to be able to consult with LAW FIRM as an expert witness with respect to MBES’S findings. MBES agrees to verbally report its staff’s findings and conclusions to LAW FIRM and, if requested, MBES will prepare a written report of said findings and conclusions. MBES also agrees to assist in deposition and trial preparation by supplying the appropriate qualified expert staff member to testify.

2. Payment to MBES

Before commencing work, LAW FIRM and an MBES staff member will discuss a proposed work plan, including which expert(s) from its roster would be the best to represent LAW FIRM'S client in the LEGAL MATTER.  Thereafter, MBES will prepare an estimate of fees and costs (the "ESTIMATE").  The written ESTIMATE will then be sent to LAW FIRM along with the proposed scope of work.  If this ESTIMATE is acceptable to LAW FIRM, LAW FIRM will be asked to sign the extra copy of the ESTIMATE and return it, along with a retainer of $2,000.00.  The executed acceptance of the ESTIMATE and the retainer is required before work on the LEGAL MATTER, other than the initial consultation, will commence. LAW FIRM’S account will be billed on a monthly basis. The full amounts owed on outstanding accounts are due within 30 days of invoicing. Accounts overdue one month or more will be charged an additional service charge of 1.5% of the unpaid balance per month. In addition, MBES reserves the right to stop work on LAW FIRM’S LEGAL MATTER if LAW FIRM’S account is 60 days or more delinquent. Furthermore, delinquent accounts will be turned over for professional collection. The costs of collection, including any attorney's fees and expenses will be added to the LAW FIRM’S outstanding balance and be subject to the monthly service charge.

Upon completion of MBES’S role in the LEGAL MATTER or termination of this agreement, a final accounting and invoice will be rendered. Final payment of all fees and costs will then be due thirty (30) calendar days after the invoice is rendered to LAW FIRM. Should there be any unused portion of the retainer, it shall be reimbursed to LAW FIRM.

3. Expenses of MBES

MBES shall be entitled to reimbursement from LAW FIRM for all reasonable "out-of-pocket" expenses. These include, but are not limited to, transportation costs, room and board, copying, preparation of trial exhibits, if necessary, etc. If any large unanticipated cost is encountered, MBES agrees to inform LAW FIRM and obtain LAW FIRM’S consent for the expenditure prior to incurring such a cost.

4. Retention of Experts

LAW FIRM recognizes and agrees that all experts referred to it by MBES are under contract to MBES and, as such, LAW FIRM agrees not to attempt to hire or retain any expert on its own initiative, now or in the future, whose name it has obtained from MBES.  The parties agree that the services rendered by such experts are unique and that money damages for a breach of this CEWA will not adequately compensate MBES.  As such, if such a breach should occur, MBES will be entitled to obtain not only monetary damages, but also injunctive relief.

5. Termination

This CEWA only concerns the LEGAL MATTER stated above. Either party may terminate this CEWA upon thirty (30) calendar days written notice to the other party. Said termination need not be for “cause.” Upon termination, a final accounting and invoice will be rendered. Final payment of all fees and costs will then be due thirty (30) calendar days after the invoice is rendered to LAW FIRM. Should there be any unused portion of the retainer, it shall be reimbursed to LAW FIRM

6. Confidentiality

MBES agrees that, other than provided by law, it will at no time or under no circumstances, directly or indirectly, disclose or communicate information LAW FIRM has supplied to it for work on the LEGAL MATTER to a third party, or use it for its own benefit without the prior written permission from LAW FIRM. However, MBES may disclose such information to those who may be working on the case, in order to perform its obligations under this agreement. MBES, and those it has retained to perform work for LAW FIRM, all agree that they will protect all such information provided by LAW FIRM and treat it as strictly confidential.

LAW FIRM does acknowledge and agree that MBES may keep the information given by LAW FIRM in its data base SOLELY for the purposes of conflict checking in the future.

7. Return of Records

Upon completion of the assignment with LAW FIRM or termination of this agreement, MBES will return all documents that were received from LAW FIRM and are in MBES'S possession or under its control unless LAW FIRM requests in writing that MBES properly shred LAW FIRM documents.

8. Entire Agreement

This CEWA contains the entire agreement between LAW FIRM and MBES and there are no other promises or conditions in any other agreement whether oral or written. This agreement concerns only the LEGAL MATTER above and in no way supersedes any prior written or oral agreements concerning other cases between the parties.

9. Amendment

This agreement may be modified or amended only in a writing signed by both parties.

10. Severability

If any provision of this agreement shall be held to be invalid or unenforceable for any reason, the remaining provisions shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

11. Waiver of Contractual Right

The failure of either party to enforce any provision of this agreement shall not be construed as a waiver or limitation of that party's right to subsequently enforce this agreement.

12. Applicable Law

The laws of the State of California shall govern this agreement. Any disputes will be litigated in the Superior Court of the County of Marin, State of California.

So Agreed.

Dated: By:

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