Non-refundable retainers are not permitted. The retainer fee should be deposited in the attorney's IOLA trust account. The attorney is then entitled to draw against the retainer when he invoices you for work performed and to transfer those funds out of the IOLA account. Theoretically, IF there is anything left from the retainer at the end of the case, it would count as a credit against the amount the attorney is entitled to from the contingency fee.
would an attorney, put the retainer flat fee I give him, in a client trust account. Money should be put in an IOLA account depending on the amount of the retainer.
he would withdraw it as earned or would he put the fee in his own account? it would be withdrawn as earned and placed in the attorney's non client account.
Also in New York, is it correct that non refundable retainers are not permitted? non refundable retainers are not allowed in NY
Would any unused portion be returned to me at the end of the case? Yes, unused portions should be returned, but if there is a contingency agreement, the retainer could be held until the judgment is fully fulfilled.
The fee agreement needs to be read an interpreted to fully answer your question.