Are we entitled to a refund from an attorney if they dropped our case? 10 Answers as of July 10, 2013

We consulted a local attorney for filing bankruptcy (whose advertising said "free initial consultation"), had a 15-minute meeting, and then agreed to a payment plan for the attorney fees. We were unable to continue making the payments after paying $900, and the attorney "dropped" our case. No work was done or filings done on our case. Are we entitled to a refund of the payments made?

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Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney
Janet A. Lawson Bankruptcy Attorney | Janet Lawson
Yes, minus any work that was done.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/26/2013
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus
The Law Office of Mark J. Markus | Mark Markus
Probably, although it depends on the terms of the agreement you signed.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 7/1/2011
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSISTANCE COALITION, INC. (DE).
CONSUMER PROTECTION ASSISTANCE COALITION, INC. (DE). | Gary Lee Lane
If they did not do what you paid for.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/29/2011
Law Offices of Michael J. Berger
Law Offices of Michael J. Berger | Michael J. Berger
Yes. Start by asking the attorney in writing for a refund, and for an accounting for any time that he spent on your case. If you do not receive an accounting and a refund that is satisfactory to you, you can file a complaint with the State Bar. You can also file a Small Claims Court complaint.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/28/2011
Koch Laron Law
Koch Laron Law | Phillip Koch
Contact the attorney in writing. Tell them you want a refund of your payment and/or a complete accounting of work done for the funds paid. Tell the attorne you expect a response within five working days or your next letter will be to the state bar. I would bet he/she provides you with at least a partial refund. IF you still need a BK, our firm will be happy to assist.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 6/28/2011
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall
    Bankruptcy Law office of Bill Rubendall | William M. Rubendall
    Depending on what services were promised and performed a client may be entitled to a full or partial refund. If there is a dispute, check with the local county bar association to arbitrate fees.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/28/2011
    Law Offices of Steven A. Wolvek
    Law Offices of Steven A. Wolvek | Steven A. Wolvek
    In California an attorney can only charge per hour for work actually performed. I would demand a refund with an itemized statement of the work performed on your behalf.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/28/2011
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc.
    Bird & VanDyke, Inc. | David VanDyke
    Probably depends on the fee agreement you signed with the attorney.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/28/2011
    Raxter Law
    Raxter Law | Jeremiah Raxter
    What was the agreement you had with the attorney? What did the retainer agreement say?
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/10/2013
    Ursula G. Barrios Law
    Ursula G. Barrios Law | Guillermo Machado
    Ask your attorney and read your retainer.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 6/28/2011
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