I needed some legal help from a law firm (in India), and visited them to ask them how much they charge. They said it's their billing department that decides that, and they'd get back in touch by email.
They replied back in a day by email asking what kind of help I need. I mentioned that I'd need to draft an agreement with a prospective client and wished to know approximately how much the law firm would charge for it, specifically mentioning "For now I'd just like to know the approximate charges for the above types of requirements, so that I could compare and decide which legal firm / lawyer would be appropriate, based on my requirements".
In response they've sent me an engagement letter where they typed my mobile number wrongly (they mentioned my name correctly, my email id correctly, but have put somebody else's mobile number), they've mentioned the background and scope of work, their hourly fees (which does not look reasonable to me), a clause for termination of the agreement etc. "The engagement will commence from execution of this Engagement Letter and will remain valid, subject to revision of professional fee annually. Either Party can terminate this engagement letter by providing a thirty days prior written notice. If due to unforeseen circumstances or for certain reasons, if any of the Parties wish to terminate the assignment while it is still in progress, the invoice will be for fees on the basis of time spent, as well as OPE, upto the date of communication of termination of engagement".
Firstly, since these people didn't even type my mobile number correctly, I'm uneasy about them drafting a legal agreement for me, where I wanted each and every clause to be thoroughly checked. I'm not confident of them being thorough.
How do I tell them that I do not need their services? Does their sending of an engagement letter mean that I pay them for their time of drafting the letter? I wasn't expecting an engagement letter. I was expecting something like an ordinary email which said something like "this is our approximate hourly fee".