If I decide early on to “fire” a lawyer due to dissatisfaction and he charged a flat fee for services (of which I paid half upfront), am I entitled to any money back?

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If I decide early on to “fire” a lawyer due to dissatisfaction and he charged a flat fee for services (of which I paid half upfront), am I entitled to any money back?

Do courts frown on this?

Asked on June 29, 2014 under Criminal Law, Florida

Answers:

Richard Southard / Law Office of Richard Southard

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

The lawyer is entitled to be paid for all work done on your behalf while retained.  Discuss with the lawyer how much work has been performed and whether he  would consider a return of any unused portion of the retainer.  


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