How long does a attorneys have to return retainer fee?
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The first step is always effort to make direct communication with any attorney you are having issues with. Attorneys as a whole are not engaged in this profession with the idea of hurting (or even failing to help) the people who hire them. Frequently issues like this are resolved in a candid discussion with the attorney. Of course, that is not always the case. The Washington State Bar Association offers a program known as a "fee arbitration." It is an excellent way to resolve disputes like this and is worth the effort by you if direct communication fails. You will find information on the fee arbitration process by logging on to www.wsba.org. If you can't find the information easily call the number on the web-page and I am certain the professional and caring people who serve the Bar will get you pointed in the right direction. Remember..whomever this person is he/she probably was intending to help you. Good luck and I hope you are able to work this out. What I am giving you here is not legal advice. Rather, I am giving you some really general information about what to do about a problem with billing and I am letting you know that the regulatory entity that monitors attorneys has this "fee arbitration" program. You can always consult with an attorney face to face about this issue.
Hi there, sorry to hear about this. Send all future correspondence, in writing via trackable mail. You should terminate the relationship and ask for the return of your $2,000 in writing. If you want copies of your papers in your attorney's possession, you may have to pay for that. Other than that, you should receive your money promptly as it should be sitting in his trust account. If you do not, you can contact your local bar association for assistance. I wish you luck.
Answer given for general advice and is not a legal opinion, which would require an analysis of the facts and circumstances as well as the applicable law and regulations.