OFFTOPIC: Retainer fees?

From: Chris Rasch (
Date: Thu Apr 26 2001 - 00:55:13 MDT

Any attorney's in the house?

Attorney's often charge a retainer fee before they will take on a case.
As I understand it,
 if the attorney spends fewer hours on the case than expected (say, the
defendant agrees to settle)
then the attorney returns the unspent portion of the retainer.

My question is: how often do attorneys actually return a portion of the

Thanks for any assistance anyone may wish to provide.


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