How much does it cost to keep a lawyer on retainer?
Overview. A retainer fee can be any denomination that the attorney requests. It may be as low as $500 or as high as $5,000 or more. Some attorneys base retainer fees on their hourly rate multiplied by the number of hours that they anticipate your case will take.
Is a retainer fee the same as a deposit?
In a definitive sense, a retainer is a fee that is paid in advance in order to hold services (ie. a wedding or event date). While a deposit may also reserve a date, it is returned when the services have been completed. A retainer is by default non-refundable and is not returned.
How often should I hear from my attorney?
As a general rule, you will hear from your attorney often at the beginning of your case as your attorney will need to gather relevant facts and information from you in order to develop a defense. After that, however, there is usually a lull in the case during the “discovery” stage.
Is it OK to call a judge Sir?
The proper form of address for a judge in his or her own court is “Your Honor”. Address the judge as your honor, use yes sir or no sir or yes ma’am or no ma’am.