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ATTORNEY'S FEES AND COSTS

What is a retainer fee and how is it used?

Will I be charged each time I make a phone call or send an email to my attorney?





Q: What is a retainer fee and how is it used?

In my practice, I require a retainer fee as a deposit for the work that will be done on the client's behalf.  The retainer fee is the client's investment in his or her own case and provides funds for me to spend time gathering information, preparing documents, filing pleadings and other documents with the court, commuicating with the client and the other attorney, and managing the case as it proceeds through the court system. 

The retainer is NOT the entire fee for the work performed by the attorney and staff and the costs incurred on the client's behalf.  It is a deposit, and as work proceeds on the client's case, additional fees and costs may be generated.  After the initial retainer fee is exhausted, the client may be asked to replenish the retainer account or be billed as work is done and costs are incurred.  


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Q: Will I be charged each time I make a phone call or send an email to my attorney?

When I represent the client, then the answer is yes.  Responding to a phone call or email is as important as a face-to-face meeting, attending a deposition, or appearing in court.  Legal issues are discussed and legal advice is rendered, and, therefore, I am doing work on behalf of the client as an aspect of my representation of and advocacy for the client.


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The Law Office of Judith Ann Whiting assists clients with Estate Administration, Elder law, Adoption, Divorce and Family Law in South Carolina including Columbia, Sumter, Winnsboro and Lexington.



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