Do retainer fees have to be in writing in NY?

Asked about 6 years ago - New York

If so, is there a minimum amount that triggers a requirement the agreement be in writing? Does it require both the signature of attorney and client? Is there a difference between the req between civil and criminal cases?

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  1. Lawrence Neil Rogak

    Contributor Level 13


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    Answered . New York has a mandatory client bill of rights which includes rules on retainer agreements. Click the link below to read it.

  2. Anthony John Colleluori

    Contributor Level 15


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    Answered . All retainers over $3000.00 (Three Thousand Dollars) must be in writing. The Rules do not require two signatures and failure to provide the retainer does not automatically preclude the attorney obtaining or recovering a fee. For more information see below. For questions, call your local County Bar Association, or the NYS Bar Association in Albany, NY.

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