1. Explanation of the Terms of this Agreement. Client is need of legal services and Attorney shall provide such and the parties agree to proceed with the legal services arrangement. "Legal services" means Attorney assists Client only in the following ways as described in this document. Unless otherwise stated in this agreement, Attorney does not speak for or represent Client. by Vonnie C. Dones III, ESQ is not a pre-paid legal service; it is a legal practice where you are charged a flat fee for legal services related to New Jersey law. by Vonnie C. Dones III, ESQ. provides unbundled and full legal services. This means that the legal services provided by us only extend to those services of which you have requested and purchased and we have provided. After you have purchased a service and we have agreed to provide it and have completed the work, you cannot expect us to perform in any additional capacity.

The Client is requesting limited legal services from Attorney in the following
New Jersey Expungement ("The Matter" or "Case").

2. Scope of Agreement and Services.

The only legal services that MAY be promised by the Attorney in this Agreement are:

- Fling or serving court documents
- Review of documents prepared by Client
- Review of documents prepared by opposing party/counsel
- Negotiation
- Legal Research and analysis
- Planning for negotiations
- Drafting of documents
- Planning for court appearances by Vonnie C. Dones III, ESQ has agreed to represent you in your legal matter. If for any reason, a hearing or trial is requested, additional fees may apply. You have agreed that you are prepared to pay additional costs for any unforeseen legal services that may be required, if your case warrants such additional costs based on further review, legal research and analysis of your case. You have agreed that after an in-depth review of your legal case, if Attorney determines that it is not in your best interest to proceed with filing the petition on your behalf, you will be obligated to pay a legal fee of $250.00 for the work and/or legal review conducted on your case. You have agreed to proceed on the matter after a free initial consultation on the complexity and issues related to your legal matter. After performing the services purchased by you, we have no further obligation to you.

You are making no commitment to use our services at any time in the future. We have not agreed to provide any legal assistance other than the limited legal services listed on the page that describes the particular service that you are purchasing from our firm. We have no further obligation to you after completing the task that you have purchased.

This means that unless we expressly agree to undertake services after the services, you don't expect me to do anything else, and I don't expect you to pay me anything else.

3. Effective Date. Our agreement to advise you begins at the time you accept this completed Agreement for Legal Services and will end after we have provided you the task or service that you have purchased.

4. Attorney's Fee. Client agrees to pay Attorney a fee as follows:

Flat Fee. Client agrees to Client agrees to the following Installment Plan, Automatic Billing, and Recurring Payment arrangement. Client agrees to pay Attorney for the agreed legal services a flat fee.

5. No Guarantee. Attorney makes no promises or guarantees about the outcome of the Client's matter. If we prepare a document for you and it requires filing procedures, you have agreed to take responsibility for having the document filed properly and in compliance with any legal procedure, according to the instructions that we provide to you. We do not promise or guarantee any particular outcome.

We have made no further investigation of the facts and we rely entirely on you, the client, to provide us with the facts of your situation.

6. Costs, Expenses, and Other Expenditures. In addition to any fees listed in this Agreement,

Client shall pay Attorney all out-of-pocket costs incurred in connection with this Agreement. Costs may include the following: long distance telephone and fax costs, copies postage, filing fees, and the like unless paid directly by Client. Attorney will not advance costs to third-parties on Client's behalf and Attorney will not pay filing fees, service of process fees, court costs, or other costs to any court unless specifically requested by Client and agreed upon in advance by Attorney.

Court costs are also part of a lawsuit. They include filing fees and service of process fees. We will not pay any costs associated with your case unless specifically requested by Client and agreed upon in advance by Attorney. These costs are your responsibility to pay. Additional costs may apply, depending on the number of arrests/charges on your criminal record.

7. Additional Services/Representation. The Client may request that Attorney provide additional services, or Attorney and Client may later determine that the Attorney should provide additional limited service or assume full representation. Attorney has no further obligation to Client and may accept or decline to provide additional services. If Attorney agrees to provide additional services, those additional services will be specifically listed in an amendment to this Agreement, signed and dated by both Attorney and Client.

If Attorney and Client agree that Attorney will serve as Client's attorney of record on all matters related to handling Client's Case, Client and Attorney will create an amendment to this Agreement, signed and dated by both the Attorney and Client.

8. Obligations of Client. Client intends to retain control over all aspects of the Case except those specifically assigned to the Attorney, and understands that he/she will remain in control of the Case and be responsible for all decisions made in the course of the Case. Client agrees to:

a. Assist Attorney and complete Attorney's requests for information (in whatever form it may appear) that is necessary for Attorney to provide legal services;

b. Show up at any court appearance where Attorney asks to be present;

c. Carefully consider Attorney's advice as to Client's Matter before making any major decisions;

d. Provide and maintain current and complete contact information to Attorney, including changes in residence, changes in jobs, changes to phone number or other electronic means of communication; and

e. Keep Attorney advised of any new developments or information that is relevant to Client's Case, including any court notices, letters from the opposing party, or other similar developments.

9. Grounds to Terminate. Client may terminate this Agreement for any or no reason, although Client still will be legally obligated under this Agreement to meet Client's obligation to Attorney, including the obligation to pay Attorney the agreed-upon attorney's fees to the extent it has been earned. Attorney may terminate this Agreement if, in Attorney's sole judgment, Client has failed to fulfill one of the Client's material obligations under this Agreement, or for other good cause, or for any other reason authorized by law (including the ethical rules that govern lawyers.)

10. Automatic Termination of Agreement. This Agreement automatically will terminate at the completion of the services requested.

11. Client's Informed Consent. Client has read this Legal Services Agreement and understands all of its provisions. Client understands and accepts the limitations on the scope of Attorney's responsibilities identified above. Client understands that Attorney is not his or her attorney for any other purpose and does not have to provide any more legal help than what is agreed to above.

12. Confidentiality. by Vonnie C. Dones III, ESQ provides legal services pertaining to New Jersey and New York, and Federal law only. An attorney-client relationship with this practice is established with the signing of this agreement. Prospective clients should be aware that our duties of confidentiality and the attorney-client privilege may not arise until an attorney has expressly communicated the ability to respond to that prospective client. Once you have provided us with your personal information, we will first run a crosscheck for any possible conflict of interest before accepting representation of your matter. We may decline to provide our services to you if a conflict of interest is discovered. All our records are securely retained in electronic files, along with secure backups, for the period of years required under New Jersey and/or New York law.

13. Integration. By affirmatively accepting this Agreement, an attorney/client relationship is created. This means that all communications with you will remain confidential and we may decline to give you advice if we have a conflict of interest. For example, if we find that we have already advised your spouse or business partner on a matter, or for any other reason set forth in the Rules of Professional Conduct.

I have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the above, and I authorize you to prepare my legal documents, or provide me with legal advice, based upon these terms and conditions.

I understand that there is no obligation or fee charged for registering as a client on this web site and becoming an on-line client of by Vonnie C. Dones III, ESQ.

I understand that once we provide services to you our fees are non-refundable, based on our Guarantee policy.

I have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the above, and I authorize you to provide me with legal advice and legal services, based upon these terms and conditions.

Service Description

An expungement is an extraction and isolation of records pertaining to one’s criminal history under New Jersey law. Therefore, expunged criminal records in New Jersey are not “erased,” or “destroyed,” but segregated and not generally available when someone does an “official search.” After a judge grants an expungement order, a petitioner will receive a signed court order from the judge stating that the offense “…shall be deemed not to have occurred and the petitioner may answer any questions accordingly.” The courts, detention or correctional facilities, law enforcement agencies, and probation departments must remove all expunged records to an isolated location. Thus, all expunged records are no longer publicly available. The general public, employers, insurance companies, landlords, adoption agencies, creditors, or the like performing a background check will not have access to such records. A requestor will receive the message “no record.” Expunged records include “complaints, warrants, arrests, commitments, processing records, fingerprints, photographs, index cards, “rap sheets” and judicial docket records.”

This document is NOT designed for a complex case that raises special considerations such as a public interest, crime spree, or mental health case. This document should be used ONLY TO EXPUNGE UP TO ONE (1) arrest, charge, conviction, or adjudication delinquency. It has been specifically designed for use by a person who is expunging only one (1) arrest, charge, conviction, or adjudication of delinquency. This document does NOT include the mailing and/or filing of the document to the appropriate court and government agencies. Nor does this document include our law firm attending an in-court hearing on your behalf, which is rarely required.