Q: If you get a lawyer and there is a retainer for 30k, how do you know how many hours they actually work ?
Also if there is money left over, can you get it back?
A: You should review the fee agreement with the attorney before signing the fee agreement and making the retainer payment. The fee agreement will have details as to how the attorney calculates/reports their hours and if any unused retainer will be returned to you. There are number of different fee agreements, such as flat fee, hourly, or contingent fee, so you would need to review the fee agreement to see what applies in your specific case.
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