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DIGITAL RECORDER FILE ENHANCEMENT: Digital Audio Enhancement
$1,200 minimum up to one hour of recording (if tape or disc exceeds one
hour). Testimony and Report not included. Additional charges may apply.
VIDEO ENHANCEMENT: Video Enhancement $2,500 minimum up to one
hour of recording (if tape or disc exceeds one hour). Testimony and Report
not included. Additional charges may apply.
AUTHENTICATION: $3500.00 per tape, per side, per
interview/conversation plus expenses. Authentication fees are based upon
the number of original recordings and not upon the number of combined
recordings presented to us. This price is based on a single
conversation/interview recorded on a single side of an audio tape and NOT
multiple interviews placed on one side of a tape. [Multiple tapes to be
authenticated qualify for a discounted price based upon the number of tapes
disclosed during initial contact with CFS. Any attempt to change the number
of tapes will disqualify any previously agreed upon discounted price and
all contracts signed in agreement of said price will be null and void.]
NAMED AS EXPERT or AFFIDAVIT: $1500.00 for each affidavit.
COURT TESTIMONY, DEPOSITION, CONSULTING: $2,500.00 per day in
Maine. Testimony, Deposition, and Consulting outside of Maine will be
quoted on a case by case basis. All expenses for first class travel,
business class hotels, car rental, food or other expenses will be collected
10 days in advance.
FORENSIC TRANSCRIPT: Quoted per job.
RETAINER POLICY - NO REFUNDS WILL BE
On behalf of Creative Forensic Services ("CFS"), I thank you for your
patronage. We take pride in our work and will do our best to assist you.
This letter is intended to set forth in detail our business and contractual
relationship through which we will assist you.
The accompanying invoice sets forth the work we will do for you and the
amount of the retainer we require before we will start work on your behalf.
Please contact us immediately if you have any questions or comments. We
need payment in advance of all services as set forth in the accompanying
rate sheet. Both forms also constitute a part of this agreement and are
incorporated by reference herein. If you need for us to start immediately
you will need to pay us by certified check, otherwise we require five days
to let the check clear. Retainers are based on a good faith estimate of the
time needed to complete the work requested, but the actual final bill may
be higher. All of our charges are based upon the hourly rate set forth in
the rate sheet, plus expenses. Expenses include transportation costs,
telephone charges, copying charges and other clerical expenses, and costs
of obtaining records or required materials. CFS reserves the right to
confer with experts in this and other fields. If their services are
required to complete our work, their fees and expenses shall be your sole
responsibility once you are notified of the amount they require. Certain
items of work may be billed at a flat rate rather than at an hourly rate,
as stated on the invoice and rate sheet. All retainers are
All invoices after the first invoice are payable as specified therein,
but in no case any later than thirty days from the date of invoice. Any
additional work is also subject to the terms of this letter, and the
invoice will specify the additional work you have requested. Unpaid
balances over 30 days old shall accrue simple interest at the rate of 1 %
per month. We reserve the right to stop all work under this agreement if
you are not current in your obligations. We also reserve the right to
terminate this agreement at any time with or without cause, in which case
you will be billed for work done to date, you will be provided the results
of our work to date, and all original materials will be returned to you. We
shall not be liable to you for any claims arising out of any stoppage of
work or termination of this agreement.
Please be advised that our opinions and conclusions are based solely
upon the information provided to us and not upon any desired result, and
that our work for you is only as good as the information and sources
provided to us. It is very important that you provide us with all the
information you can obtain and that you identify all potential sources of
information or assistance. Please call us immediately if you are not sure
whether something is relevant to our work or not. We also require all
source media you ask us to examine unless we specify otherwise.
Authentication fees are based upon the number of original recordings and
not upon the number of combined recordings presented to us.
If our testimony is required at deposition or trial, you agree to pay us
in advance for preparation for, and attendance at, the deposition or trial,
including all associated expenses. We reserve the right to refuse to
testify if you have not met your obligations.
All original source materials, duplicates, other materials or documents
provided to us, and our work product, and any reports related thereto,
shall be retained by us until such time as all charges are paid in full, or
mutually agreeable alternative arrangements are made with us. If we have
not heard from you for a period of 24 months, we reserve the right to
dispose of any and all original source materials, duplicates, other
materials or documents or any other information provided by you to us, and
you hereby waive any claims thereto and the right to seek damages for their
disposal. Any action or proceeding brought by either party against the
other arising out of or relating to this agreement shall be brought only in
a court located in Androscoggin County, Maine, and the parties hereby
consent to personal jurisdiction and venue in Androscoggin County, Maine.
You will be liable for all costs of collection, including reasonable
attorneys fees. This agreement shall be governed by Maine law.
CFS shall retain all rights of ownership in any and all materials,
documents, media or work product supplied to you. You shall have the right
to use the materials, documents, media or work product for personal use and
for the purposes of litigation in any court of law. Notwithstanding the
foregoing, however, you and your agents agree you will not publicly
disseminate the materials, documents, media or work product without the
prior written consent of CFS. You also agree that you or your agents will
not make any of the materials, documents, media or work product available
to the public over the internet without prior written consent of CFS. You
hereby authorize CFS to act as your agent to remove any materials,
documents, media or work product posted on the internet without the
permission of CFS. Should you post materials, documents, media or work
product on the internet without permission, you agree to pay to CFS for all
damages incurred and for all money expended to remove the material from the
internet, including reasonable attorneys fees. This agreement contains the
entire agreement of the parties and supersedes all prior oral or written
representations and statements between the parties. In order to prevent any
misunderstandings, any requests by you for changes in the work requested
shall be made in a writing signed by both parties. To the maximum extent
permitted by law, we disclaim all warranties relating to the work we do for
you, whether express or implied.
If a guarantor has signed this agreement, he or she waives notice of
acceptance and also the right to presentment, demand, notice and protest.
This guaranty remains in effect until we receive all payment due
The undersigned acknowledge that they have read this agreement and the
accompanying invoice and rate sheet in full, that they understand their
contents, that this document is a binding contract, and that they have the
authority to execute this agreement.
Very truly yours,
Arlo West, President
Creative Forensic Services
SEEN AND AGREED TO BY:
Print Name: _______________________
Title: _______________________, duly authorized
I personally guaranty the above obligations of the Company named above.
Print Name: _______________________