If I sign a contract with a lawyer to represent me in a case but change my mind because the cost is more than I can pay, how long to I have to cancel the contract?

Asked on July 17, 2015 under Business Law, Arkansas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

There is no rescission period, or time within which to change your mind; once you contract with the lawyer, you are bound. You can "fire" your lawyer if you like, but will owe him/her for any/all time spent or work done to date, or a minimum fee or amount, if the retainer agreement specified a minimum payment (e.g. that the deposit or retainer is nonrefundable--in that case, the attorney could keep the whole retainer/deposit).

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