Sacramento, CA asked in Uncategorized for California

Q: Is it safe or normal to pay a lawyer a retainer fee over the phone if he agrees to take me in as a client?

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Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar
  • Little Neck, NY

A: Only a California attorney could advise as to state rules on this, but your post remains open for four weeks. As a general matter in any jurisdiction, it is very common to pay by credit card. It usually depends on whether the law firm accepts the form of payment, which many do these days. It is less common for people to retain attorneys over the phone, as many attorneys often prefer to meet the client in person, but as a general matter, it is done under some circumstances. The current pandemic has resulted in considerable loosening of protocols in many areas, particularly in terms of online/telephonic appearances and conferences. Good luck

Tim Akpinar

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