I appreciate the time you spent explaining my options in responding to the divorce papers served on me January 3. I authorize you to file an answer to the complaint and to file a counter claim requesting custody of my three children, whose names and birth dates appear below. In the counter claim, please request that the costs of the suit be paid by my spouse. It is my understanding that you require a $1000 retainer. I further understand you charge $130 per hour for additional filings and court appearances. Enclosed is the $1000 retainer. Please confirm that you will represent me in this matter.