Paying a Large Retainer to File a Divorce Action Can Be a Critical Mistake

Paying a Large Retainer to File a Divorce Action Can Be a Critical Mistake | Daniel R. Burns

{2:12 minutes to read} A retainer is an advance fee that you pay a lawyer which is in effect a down payment that will be applied toward the total fee charged.   The reason why a lawyer requires a retainer is that, if you stop paying them, they must obtain the permission of the judge before they can stop representing you in a court action. Since many judges are reluctant to grant this permission simply because the lawyer is not getting paid, the lawyer wants to collect an advance fee to cover as much of the time spent on your case as possible.

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