Y’all act like we bother giving advice to schmucks whining about $7,000. Bitch please.
Rename this thread to "I'm too cheap to talk to a lawyer so I want Cad to answer my questions for free" thread.
Then Shaw it
Will I have to go to NC in person to take care of my warrant there or will a lawyer be able to do it without me having to fly/greyhound down there?
Since we have the thread already...
I don’t mind answering questions that I think are interesting and that I can answer without doing any research (a.k.a. “Work”).
99% of the time the answer is “this isn’t really a problem the legal system can handle” combined with “did you go talk to them?”
Ok then, I paid lawyer 2 grand a year ago in response to a possible issue I had but ended up not needing.
How long do retainers last? Do I just lose the money or can I hold onto it in case I like get in trouble in the future.
If the attorney didn’t do any work, they should have returned it. Just make a written request for the money (email will suffice). If the attorney claims it was used, demand a hourly bill to substantiate.
I don't think a retainer is the same thing as a deposit. You are paying him to retain his services in the event that you need them. If you're a big time drug dealer paying a lawyer a monthly retainer, you don't get to ask for a refund at year end just because you never got arrested.
Thats not correct, retainers are refundable if legal services are not carried out. There have been recent ethics opinions on this if you’re interested in searching.
Well I stand corrected then. So in the example I gave, the lawyer would be forced to payback the retainer to the drug dealer if the dealer never gets into legal problems?
Why not just call it a deposit if it's basically a down payment towards legal services?
oh, is this possible b/c garbage collection was done by the city so they can use state police to basically "write a ticket"? as opposed to not paying a gas bill, which just goes to collectionsDunno, but an old girlfriend of mine had a warrant out for her arrest in NJ because of unpaid fines for garbage collection (she owned a rental property and tenants put garbage out on wrong day) and she was able to send a lawyer in her place while she was in Texas.
ah so a retainer is just like filling up a burner phone w/ 50$It is just nomenclature. Making the deposit has retained the attorney’s services. As the attorney works, the expenses will be offset against the retainer. Typically the attorney will request a replinishment of the retainer as it nears exhaustion so the attorney isn’t left out to dry with a huge unpaid bill.
Depending on the state, attorneys don’t like to hang on to retainers when services aren’t being rendered or expected to be rendered shortly because they cannot actually do anything with the money (Texas is like this) and it’s just a liability.
Edit: Also, I suspect it is a relic of a time when the concept of the retainer was more akin to your description.
oh, is this possible b/c garbage collection was done by the city so they can use state police to basically "write a ticket"? as opposed to not paying a gas bill, which just goes to collections