I paid an attorney a retainer fee that was agreed upon, then increased priced.

Aug 8, 2012 by

Question: 

I paid the attorney the retainer fee that was agreed upon. I received his letter and he changed the fees and add others which he did not disclosed at the time of consultation. How do I get my money back because I can not afford these fees?
Thanks,
Pain

State: 
Massachusetts

Answer: 

Unfortunately, there is no single great solution to getting your money back from an attorney you have already paid. In many cases it takes a lawyer to go after a lawyer, and that approach just costs more money you probably don’t have or don’t want to spend.

Have you contacted the attorney in question and presented your specific reasons for wanting a refund in writing? That is the first thing you might want to do. If that method does not work – or even if it does – you can still file a complaint with the Massachusetts BAR Association. Also, be sure to tell your lawyer that you plan on filing a complaint when you contact him. It might help change his mind about refunding your money.

You can file the complaint here:

The Committee on Professional Ethics
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West St.
Boston, MA 02111-1204

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