Can I back out of a retainer agreement and not follow through with the actions if I no longer need them?
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I can't read your retainer agreement. To interpret it, someone needs to read it. You probably want to look at the section called REFUND POLICY. Most retainer agreements are not that difficult to understand if you review it in little pieces. Hope this perspective helps!
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Most retainer agreements provide that you can discontinue the work, but that you will be billed for any hours already worked on your case. You should review the written agreement to see what the terms are, and then discuss the situation with your attorney.
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1st, the firm CANNOT file bankruptcy for you until you sign the petition to do so. You have the right to stop work. They may ask you to pay for certain time incurred. But at this early stage, since you were not filing till next July, I cannot imagine too many hours have been already incurred absent it being a complicated Means Test case. Thus, ask them to stop all action until they hear further from you. Advise you will see if you have a new high paying job as soon as you know. That is my suggestion. Discuss this with your attorney there. Good luck.