Greetings. Other than our firm, I do not know of other firms that use flat fees, but instead they use retainers and bill hourly from that retainer. When the retainer is depleted, you must add more money to their trust account for them to bill from. I assume that most attorneys who bill hourly set their retainer amount with the hopes that the funds deposited will sufficiently cover all costs of the case.
Your rights should be clearly defined in your client agreement with your attorney. Just like any contractual relationship, you would look to the contract to determine your rights. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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