Went to see a lawyer for chapter 7 really did not like him my husband did so I gave him $250.00. His retaining fee is $1495.00 plus the filing fee. Since then went to the County for legal services they accepted my case. I would like to know if I could get back my money?
Maybe. Many, if not most attorneys incur some expense immediately after getting partially retained in setting up a file and having a paralegal assigned to do preliminary work. The sooner you ask for a refund, the more likely you'll get something, but don't count on it.
DISCLAIMER: This message is intended as a general discussion of legal issues and not as a statement of fact, legal advice or a legal opinion. No attorney-client relationship is created by this message. Do not act or rely upon law-related information in this communication without seeking the advice of an attorney licensed to practice in the relevant area. I am a Federally Designated Debt Relief Agency under the United States Bankruptcy Code. I proudly help people in financial need file bankruptcy cases. IRS CIRCULAR 230 NOTICE: To ensure compliance with requirements imposed by the IRS, we inform you that any U.S. tax advice contained in this communication (or in any attachment) is not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of (i) avoiding penalties under the Internal Revenue Code or (ii) promoting, marketing or recommending to another party any transaction or matter addressed in this communication (or in any attachment).
Most attorneys when they accept the $250.00 retainer will have you sign a retainer agreement outlining whether or not a portion of the fee you pay is refundable or not if you choose not to go through with the bankruptcy. I would consult the fee agreement, if there was none then you may have more of an argument o get your $250.00 back especially if he promised a free initial consultation.
Years licensed, work experience, educationLegal community recognition
Peer endorsements, associations, awardsLegal thought leadership
Publications, speaking engagementsDiscipline