Sample Retainer Agreement from Al Frederick, Esquire, Speaker at AAML MD Wine and Cheese on May 24, 2015.  

     Please note that the sample Retainer Agreement is not intended to be used as written verbatim. The user must pick and choose those provisions of this sample retainer that are appropriate for use in a retainer for the particular area of law practice and nature of the particular representation for which it is being used.    



Code of Maryland Unannotated and Rules:

Code of Maryland Regulations:

Maryland Court of Appeals:

Maryland Judiciary:

Maryland General Assembly:

Maryland Judiciary Case Search:


(The following IRS websites will lead to information/FAQs-only pages. This is to prevent error in using outdated forms).

Publication 504, Divorced or Separated Individuals:,-Divorced-or-Separated-Individuals-2

Tax information for Innocent Spouses. A Tax fraud of husband or wife:

Sale of Residence:

Eight Facts About My Filing Status:


Maryland Department of Family Administration:

The Department of Family Administration is responsible for assisting Maryland's courts in developing a comprehensive family law system. Family Administration has overseen the creation of family divisions in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Montgomery County and Prince George's County, and family services programs in the remaining 19 counties. We work with judges, masters, court administrators and family support services coordinators to develop family law policy and to identify and promote best practices in the handling of domestic and juvenile cases.

Maryland Judiciary Family Law Forms:

Domestic Relations, Guardianship, Protective Custody, Case Management, Judgments and Orders.

The Peoples Law Library of Maryland: Family Law:

General Family Law Articles, Adoption, Annulment, Birth Certificates, Child Abuse/Neglect, Child Support, Custody and Visitation, Divorce, Foster Care, Grandparents Issues, Guardianship, Kinship, Marriage and Name Change.

National Center for State Courts: Children, Families & Elders:

NCSC is the organization courts turn to for authoritative knowledge and information, because its efforts are directed by collaborative work with the Conference of Chief Justices, the Conference of State Court Administrators, and other associations of judicial leaders.

Maryland Family Law Self-Help Centers:


Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence:

The Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence (MNADV) is the state domestic violence coalition that brings together victim service providers, allied professionals, and concerned individuals for the common purpose of reducing intimate partner and family violence and its harmful effects on our citizens. The Network accomplishes this goal by providing education, training, resources, and advocacy to advance victim safety and abuser accountability.

Maryland Office of the Secretary of the State: Safe at Home:

The Maryland Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) is administered by the Office of the Secretary of State and provides an important service to victims of domestic violence. The goal of the ACP is to help those individuals, who have relocated or are about to relocate, in an effort to keep their perpetrators from finding them. The ACP is not for everyone. A trained professional from a domestic violence program can help determine if ACP should be part of the individual's safety plan.

Womens Law Center of Maryland:

The Women's Law Center of Maryland, Inc. (WLC), a non-profit organization, established in 1971, advocates for an equal playing field in the law for women and children. For more than a quarter of a century, the WLC has fought and won many battles to protect and preserve the rights of women--by educating the public and the judiciary on the effects of legal decisions affecting women, by monitoring compliance with the law, by seeking to change unjust laws and unjust lawmaking, and by implementing innovative programs to pave the way for systemic change.

House of Ruth:

The House Of Ruth Maryland is one of the nation's leading domestic violence centers, helping thousands of battered women and their children find the safety and security that so many of us take for granted.


Maryland Department of Human Resources: Child Support:

Enforcement, Forms, Direct Deposit Payments, Medical Coverage, Child Support Calculation, Paternity Establishment, Interstate Case Processing, FAQs, Recent Legislation.

Childrens Rights Council: Requirements and Interpretations for the State of Maryland:

The Children's Rights Council (CRC) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that advocates for childrens rights to have two actively engaged and fully-participating parents in their lives, regardless of the marital status of their parents.


Maryland Department of Human Resources: Adoption and Foster Care:


Maryland Department of Human Resources: Establishing Paternity:

DNA Services of America- MD Testing Locations:

Maryland Public Schools: Parental Rights/Procedural Safeguards: PDF handbook (updated January, 2010).

Childrens Rights Council: Shared Parenting Agreement: Model Shared Parenting Agreement. Custody: Parental Kidnapping:


Maryland Department of Human Resources: Child Protective Services:

Maryland Court Appointed Special Advocates:

Maryland CASA Association is the state organization for Maryland's Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Programs. In partnership with our fifteen affiliated CASA programs, we work to ensure every victim of child abuse and neglect their right to grow up in safe and permanent homes. This mission is carried out through the efforts of professionally-trained volunteers, appointed by the court to speak up for the best interests of children who are under the protection of the courts.

University of Maryland Childrens Hospital: Division of Child Protection/ Center for Families:

Maryland Child Abuse Medical Professionals Network:

The CHAMP network is a group of medical professionals (physicians and nurses), expert in the area of child maltreatment. CHAMP's goal is to help develop medical expertise related to child maltreatment in every Maryland jurisdiction. This will be a valuable resource for evaluating suspected abuse or neglect in children, providing consultation and training to community professionals, and engaging in prevention activities.

The Family Tree: Providing Solutions, Preventing Child Abuse:

The Family Tree is Maryland's leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving our community by providing families with proven solutions to prevent child abuse and neglect. A national affiliate of Parents Anonymous®, Prevent Child Abuse America, and The National Exchange Club Foundation, The Family Tree offers volunteer-supported programs and services that aide and educate individuals, families, and communities.


Equality Maryland:

Equality Maryland works to secure and protect the rights of LGBT Marylanders by promoting legislative initiatives on the state, county and municipal levels. Our professional lobbyists and legislative team work with our allies in the General Assembly to shape and pass positive legislation in Annapolis and to beat back discriminatory legislation.

Rainbow Law: Directory and News:


Maryland Department of Mental Health and Hygiene: Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program:

United States Department of Health and Human Services: Maryland Adolescent Reproductive Health Facts:

Maryland State Department of Education: Teen Pregnancy Prevention:

The Center for Disease Control: HIV, Other STD, and Teen Pregnancy Prevention and Maryland Students:

University of Maryland Medical Center: Adolescent Pregnancy Overview:


List of Maryland Newspapers Online:

The Baltimore Sun:

Need subscription/ The Baltimore Sun is the US state of Maryland's largest general-circulation daily newspaper and provides coverage of local and regional news, events, issues, people, and industries

The Maryland Daily Record:

Since 1888, The Daily Record Co. has provided trusted legal and business information to Maryland readers. The print version of The Daily Record is published five days a week. The website is updated regularly throughout the business day and features six blogs.

Maryland Gazette:

Capital Gazette Communications LLC publishes The Capital, a daily newspaper serving Annapolis, Anne Arundel County and Kent Island, Maryland. It also publishes the Maryland Gazette twice a week for residents of Glen Burnie, Pasadena and the surrounding areas of northern Anne Arundel County.

Baltimore Business Journal:


CBS Baltimore:



WBFF Fox 45: