To make a long story short, i hired a lawyer to look into the legalities for a business idea i have and also assist me in the development of this business (an online website for sports). The lawyer made me pay a $4000 retainer fee upfront. The lawyer has given me a memorandum filled with his "research" on the matter. The problem is that most of what he has given me I already knew or could find with a google search. Today he told me that my retainer fee had been used up.
I had no idea he had used up all of my retainer, since he never sent me updated invoices showing how much work had been done at different points.
I explained to him that his "research" was not equal in my opinion to a $4000 retainer. I do not feel like i have anything to show for my money, and feel as though the lawyer used up my funds educating himself on the matter.
Is there anyway for me to get any of my retainer fee back?
It depends on your contract. You likely paid for hours, not for "new" results. But if you are unhappy with the fee you can file an appeal of them.
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