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Michael S. Ramage, J.D., Certified Genealogist®
Wynnewood, Montgomery County, PA
This is an example of a contract for forensic genealogists:
Enclosed is a check payable to "Michael S. Ramage, J.D." in the amount of $1,500.00 ($U.S.), (10-hour minimum) as a retainer. I ("Client") engage the forensic genealogical services of Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG® (“Researcher”), 720 Argyle Road, Wynnewood, PA 19096, and I authorize him and his associates to conduct forensic genealogical research on my behalf, for an amount not to exceed $ __________ (time and expenses), as per my instructions (state in detail on a separate page). I have provided to Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG, all pertinent information in my possession on the subject to be researched. Client acknowledges that Researcher can make no guarantees regarding what information, if any, may be found, although every reasonable effort will be made by Researcher to find the desired information within the time allotted by Client. Researcher's work shall not be construed as the practice of law.
Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG, agrees to provide Client a detailed report or affidavit covering all relevant sources relied upon during the research, with analysis, and a detailed report of time consumed and expenses incurred. The report or affidavit will be mailed to the person whose name and address appears below within a reasonable amount of time of receipt of the retainer and fees due the Researcher. Client gives Researcher permission to submit such report and related files for renewal application purposes only to the Board For Certification of Genealogists.
The Researcher's work will be charged as follows: $150.00 per hour plus out-of-pocket costs including but not limited to photocopies, long distance telephone charges, postage and handling, travel, repository entrance fees, lodging (when reasonable and necessary), database fees and the like. Researcher shall send Client periodic invoices payable within 15 days of the date of submission to Client. Balance in full is due before final report or affidavit will be sent to Client.
Client authorizes Michael S. Ramage, J.D., to obtain vital records as may be necessary to establish and identify next-of-kin and collateral kindred of estate's deceased, or real estate owners who are deceased or missing. A photocopy of this authorization shall have the same force and effect as the original.
Signature of Researcher:
Michael S. Ramage, J.D., CG®
Signature of Client: