Can I get my retainer fee back if no work has yet been done on my bankruptcy?
3 Answers from Attorneys
Write a LETTER to your lawyer - a PAPER letter - don't use a telephone, and don't send an email. Lick a 45-cent stamp. Put a date on the letter. Keep a copy. The letter should say,
Dear Mr. Smith,
Please stop working on my case, and please refund any unearned portion of the advance fee I paid you.
Yours truly, Jeff
San Diego Bankruptcy Attorrney If, if if no work was done, even organizing your file. It's a big mistake to try to use an attorney's office as a savings bank. Most lawyers live life on a grand scale and eat through every penny they receive, and are want to give back any after it's in hand. (present company excepted), of course
What does your agreement with the lawyer say?
"Pure" retainers and "Advanced Fee" retainers are treated differently under Texas law. In order to know which kind you have, it will be necessary to look at the agreement.
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