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Old 05-23-2019, 05:29 AM   #1
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Default Refund from lawyer retainer agreement balance

I finished my case three weeks ago, and have a retainer balance of 1890 dollars coming back.

The lawyer says that it will be returned in 120 days.

Is that legal?
I want it now, the case is done.
The retainer agreement says nothing about 120 days.

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Old 05-23-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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The retainer agreement says nothing about 120 days.
And it says nothing about 10 days, 30 days, 90 days.

There's probably no law about how long a lawyer takes to pay a refund though I think 4 months to be highly unreasonable and possibly unethical.

You are free to file a complaint with the state Bar or whatever agency regulates lawyers.
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Old 05-23-2019, 08:09 PM   #3
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I see no reason for such a long wait. What did the attorney say when you asked him the reason that he can't cut you a check sooner?
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He claims there might be expenses still coming in.

But interestingly he couldn't give any real example under the circumstances of my case.
There are no further expenses.
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Old 05-25-2019, 01:10 PM   #5
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He claims there might be expenses still coming in.

But interestingly he couldn't give any real example under the circumstances of my case.
There are no further expenses.
You should send a written notice demanding the refund within a reasonable time and demand a reply within a stipulated time. If you will not receive a reply, file a complaint with the state bar.
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Personally I would go to the State Bar ASAP and I bet you'll see your funds immediately.
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Old 08-13-2019, 05:45 AM   #7
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Default Re: Refund from lawyer retainer agreement balance

Thanks everybody!
The Bar ordered he send the funds within three days, and he did. (a few weeks ago)
It's crazy though that I had to go through all that hassle.

I appreciate all the great comments and support!
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