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Dear Attorneys,


I retained an attorney for my divorce and I paid a retainer up front. I received an invoice saying that I need to pay in more money, but I do not feel as though we have accomplished anything. Do I really have to pay them more money? Should I just finish this myself?



Asking for an Advocate

Introduction to Retainer Contracts

Dear Asking,


We hear this from clients often and understand why it can be frustrating. However, many factors contribute to your overall bill. For example, sometimes clients or opposing counsel do not readily respond to us and we have to follow up frequently.  Those emails and phone calls are generally billed to the client. Additionally, sometimes unique issues arise that were unexpected and legal research or drafting additional motions become necessary. While you can certainly finish your divorce yourself, it is probably not worth it. If you are concerned about your bill, then you should have a conversation with your attorney and decide your next steps.


Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to help you make your family law matters easier, not harder.  We are realistic and direct with our clients. We encourage potential clients to seek out a firm where they will feel comfortable and confident. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at


Very Truly Yours,

Wolf & Shore Law Group


*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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