retainer
re·tain·er /ri-'tā-nər/ n [Anglo-French retener act of engaging or employing, from retener retenir to engage, retain]
1: the act of a client by which the services of a lawyer are engaged
2: a fee paid to a lawyer for advice or services or for a claim on services when needed

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

retainer
I noun arrhabo, compensation, employment fee, engaging fee, fee contingent on future legal services, fee paid to secure legal services, income, payment, professional fee, recompense, remuneration, retaining fee associated concepts: attorney's retainer II index compensation, consociate, deposit, down payment, honorarium

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


retainer
n.
A fee paid to someone, such as an attorney, to secure his or her services for a particular matter or period of time.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


retainer
A fee paid in advance to a lawyer to secure the lawyer's services. It acts as a down payment, ensuring that the lawyer won't get stiffed and that the client will be represented. If the amount is significant, some states require the lawyer and client to sign an agreement.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits
Category: Working With a Lawyer

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

retainer
The engagement of a solicitor or barrister or expert to take or defend proceedings or to advise or act otherwise for the client.

Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


retainer
n. A sum of money paid in advance to a professional in order to secure services in a particular case; a client's authorization for a lawyer's representation in a case.
See also attorney's fees.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


retainer
A contract between attorney and client specifying the nature of the services to be rendered and the cost of the services.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


retainer
I
A contract between attorney and client specifying the nature of the services to be rendered and the cost of the services.
II Act of the client in employing the attorney or counsel, and also denotes the fee which the client pays when he or she retains the attorney to act for them.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

retainer
n.
   the advance payment to an attorney for services to be performed, intended to insure that the lawyer will represent the client and that the lawyer will be paid at least that amount. Commonly in matters which will involve extensive work there will be a retainer agreement signed by the attorney and client. Further payments for services can be expected as the time spent on the legal matter increases. Most lawyers do not want to be owed money and wish to be paid either in advance or promptly as the work is performed. One reason for the retainer, and the problem a lawyer faces, is that he/she does not want to abandon a client, but at the same time does not want to be stuck with extensive unpaid fees.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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