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Divorce solicitor and retainer fees

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stirling Tue 19-Sep-17 09:51:55

Hello again,

How common / normal is this? To charge the 3k as an upfront payment?
What if I don't want to rush the divorce due to health issues ? I'm really feeling pressurised.

Also, I went to a domestic violence support group, one stop clinic or something. Told them about Ex 's abusive behaviour hoping for support and all it's turned into is a lot of pestering phonecalls from a solicitor firm in East London pressing me to pay 2k to put an occupancy order in place.

Its all so overwhelming. I just feel that along with my evil ex, everyone just wants money.

Anyway I'm waffling, is the retainer fee normal and do I get it refunded if I don't use up that amount in services required?

Thanks in advance

plasticcheese Tue 19-Sep-17 10:38:51

I paid up front but only £500.

Phillipa12 Tue 19-Sep-17 13:26:33

Never paid anything upfront, was always billed on a monthly basis for services used.

MrsBertBibby Tue 19-Sep-17 14:12:10

I always expect costs up front but £3K would be a lot unless there was a hearing imminent.

Normally I would ask for £500.

Allthebestnamesareused Tue 19-Sep-17 14:17:59

It is quite usual for solicitor to ask for an amount on account (up front) especially if you are not already a known client of theirs.

If there is any chance you need an injunction £3k would not be unusual.

As regards the DV Support Group they should not be handing over any personal details to anyone.

Cantcatchthechicks Tue 19-Sep-17 17:19:59

If you need an injunction ncdv will help you get one for free; either representatives via legal aid or support you as a litigant in person

stirling Tue 19-Sep-17 18:18:04

Thanks for the replies.
I didn't make myself clear - 3k is what my solicitor is charging just to get through divorce proceedings if ex and I negotiate ourselves.
2k is what the solicitors at the one stop shop were charging for taking out court orders. They made valid points, but I lost my trust when they became pushy like salesmen - even calling on a Sunday.

Cantcatchthechicks thanks for that v useful information about ncdv...I shall investigate

MopedManiac Tue 26-Sep-17 02:00:08

Echo to pp - ncdv helped with my injunctions only cost to me was £100 to have the papers served on him. Went to court on my own in 1st instance, found a Mackenzie friend for return hearing (no charge, volunteer service in the court building - wish I'd known for the 1st hearing!). Good luck x

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