I, haveapplied with a lawyer for bankrupcy, this past November. Nothing has moved forward because my lawyer says my monthly outlay is not enough to spend down my monthly income, Are laws about how long he will wait before he'll say sorry I can't help you? I already know that my retaoiner fee is non-refunable. Come November can he just say sorry I can't help you you mhave too much income per month? Thank you.
State/Country relating to question: Connecticut
Just the application to file for bankrupcy.
Hello and thank you for asking your question. My name is XXXXX XXXXX X will be assisting you. There is no time limit in which your representation would expire. Either you or your attorney would have to terminate the relationship for it to end. Regarding your "non-refundable" retainer, if the attorney hasn't done any work and can't help you with the BK, the attorney should return your money. In fact, there may be ethical violations in keeping a retainer and not providing any services. You might consider asking him to return (at least some of) your retainer. He can properly bill you to review your file and determine whether you can qualify to file for BK, but if you can't file, he shouldn't keep any additional of your funds that would have been used toward the actual case.
Attorney licensed in multiple jurisdictions.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).