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I am hiring a lawyer to bring a suit to recover money. I do not know where the future defendant is or her exact location. The lawyer said sure we can sue her I will find her, first you need to sign the retainer fee agreement and mail ( I live in a different state) a check of $3000. There is a clause to the agreement. That read as follows: “2) Retainer to be paid in full on the amount of $3000 dollars to apply on account for attorney fees as part of a NON-REFUNDABLE RETAINER. The minimum fee is the retainer received. “ My question is what if he does not find the defendant?, or if defended left the state ? or the lawyer find a former address and just write a lawsuit to justified performance? Please tell me how to proceed if I do not want to lose the money? What it takes for a civil suit to take place. I do not know anything about the process. Please tell me what steps take place in a civil suit. Thank you.
Thank you for your response. Do you know the average cost of a lawsuit like this . Case is simple I entrusted money to this person about 20k, there are not witnesses. I have the deposit receipt and prove the money is mine so there is paper trail I just need to get a judgement.
Again just I need an estimate to keep this real.
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