By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida
How does a retainer work? When you go to a divorce lawyer or firm for legal representation in a divorce case, the lawyer will ask you to sign a retainer agreement. This is a contract that sets forth the terms of the representation and it may include a discussion on what the firm bills for and how the firm charges their fees.
Some law firms like mine call their retainers “non refundable engagement fees” because they act like a downpayment on a home. You know your legal fees will be more than the retainer, so the retainer serves as a deposit from which we earn our fees by working your case. When the money on account is almost gone, a replenishment of the retainer is required to allow more work to be done on your matter. Subsequent payments are refundable if not earned.
The trick is to look at a retainer payment as a minimum fee for your case. For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com.