I’m suing the host of the condo, she let the service men to fix the broken refrigerator, then to find out my jewelries went missing. Host stopped communicating with us and did not offer any assistance. I gave $3,500 as retainer fee but had been used up. It”s only the demand letter that’s been materialized. Host is not cooperating. Any pointers?
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(8) whether the fee is fixed or contingent; and
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agreement or confirming writing demonstrates that the client had received a reasonable and fair disclosure of material elements of the fee agreement and of the lawyer's billing practices.
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The retainer is to cover costs that are anticipated and depending on the complexity of the case the retainer may be reasonable or not. The real issue is why the insurance carrier has not stepped in and covered the losses, after you filed a police report and a lawsuit.
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I have no idea if it’s reasonable will know specially since I didn’t sign the retainer agreement you sign which sets forth the basis of fees
Have you received itemized invoices that show for what you are being charged?
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