LEO: Fees Retainer Minimum Fee Refund to, LE Op. 646

 

Fees Retainer Minimum Fee Refund to Client Criminal Case Personal Injury Case.

 

January 16, 1985

 

It is the duty of an attorney to refund so much of a retainer fee as has not been earned by performance of the services for which the attorney was retained. The opinion of the Supreme Court of Virginia in Heinzman v. Fine, Fine, Legum and Fine, 217 Va. 958 (1977) serves as guidance in regard to the standard by which the earned portion of the retainer may be measured.

 

Committee Opinion January 16, 1985

 

CROSS REFERENCES

 

See also LE Op. 1370, and LE Op. 1246

 

LEO: Fees - Retainer - Minimum Fee - Refund to, LE Op. 646 (1985)