Im in the middle of child custody case ive already paid him 2500$ for retainer. I go to scheduled court date he does not show moderator has to call his office. The next week he sends me a invoice that is due in 4 days (Thurs of that week) I couldnt pay him until that Friday called his office and explained this. His response after i paid is to charge me an additional retainer fee I don't understand how this is possible.
It would depend upon your retainer agreement with your attorney, but if the attorney was billing on an hourly basis, then it's likely he used up your initial retainer through his time, and other expenses incurred in represent you. Thereafter, he required an additional retainer to continue working on your case. Unless you worked out, for example, a flat fee agreement with your attorney, then it's not unusual for retainers to need to be renewed based upon the time and expenses incurred in representing you.
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