Pompano Beach, FL asked in Business Law for Florida

Q: My wife and I need to hire an attorney. Must we sign 2 separate contracts with the attorney?

This is about the roof of our house. We need an attorney to represent us. The attorney says that my wife and I must sign separate contacts with him, even though we have both signed the same limited power of attorney for him to represent us (which we have not yet given to him). We would prefer to sign one single contract with him to represent us rather than 2 separate contracts.

We have many contracts that we have signed as a couple: contract to buy the house, to purchase insurance, etc etc. We have never had anyone say that we must sign separate contracts. It makes me suspicious that he wants to charge us separately and thusly double his charges.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Ask him why he wants you to sign separate documents; there appears to be a misunderstanding on your part. And powers of attorney have nothing to do with representation contracts with attorneys at law, so you appear to be confused there too.

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