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Can a South Carolina lawyer keep the money you paid them to

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Can a South Carolina lawyer keep the money you paid them to represent you in an adoption if the adoption fell through because the birth mother gave her baby to some one else?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Family Law
Expert:  Loren replied 5 years ago.
If there was a retainer agreement then it should be addressed. Otherwise, you have the right to ask for an accounting of the time he or she put into the matter and refund any unused portion. You can also report him or her to the NC Bar.
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Customer: replied 5 years ago.
When the adoption fell through, we went to the lawyer's office to talk to him. He said all the fees we had paid except what we paid to the birth mother for her expenses would transfer to another adoption. Now he is saying that we owe him another $12,000. 00 for a chance to get another baby. This does not seem right! It seems like he can claim to have worked on our behalf and used up all our money and we are no closer to having a baby than we were.
Expert:  Loren replied 5 years ago.
I agree with you. He should stand by the agreement he made with you. Otherwise, let him know you will submit a complaint tomthe NC Bar.