Pittsburgh, PA asked in Legal Malpractice for Pennsylvania

Q: What can I do when my attorney won't return my retainer?

I asked for the money back within 24 hours of payment. The attorney ignored me for a week, until I brought up matters of trust funds and attorney obligations in an e-mail. Then I was contacted almost immediately. Contract makes no mention of non-refundable and attorney agreed to return the funds.

The money was indicated as going to a trust per guidelines, but this never happened. The attorney actually kept the money in their own account and set up a receipt looking like it went into a trust.

What should I do? I asked again and was told it would be returned but I see no indication of this. As of now, my thought is to wait a few more days and then report to the office of disciplinary counsel as it's easy to prove malfeasance.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Wyomissing, PA
  • Licensed in Pennsylvania

A: I suggest you drop off a written request or send one certified return receipt requested. Then contact the attorney-client dispute resolution committee of the bar association for the county where the lawyer practices.

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