Bernard Dworkin

GENERALLY, IN FAMILY LAW MATTERS, a written retainer agreement is required by law so that the client knows exactly what responsibilities and obligations are involved. A retainer payment is generally required by a matrimonial attorney, which is an advance payment of fees to be earned by the attorney on an hourly or part of an hourly basis.

My hourly rate is presently $400 and the retainer I require depends on the nature of the case. As a rule of thumb, the retainer is my estimate of the time charges which will be incurred by the client if a case goes rapidly and well, without any complications. When the retainer payment is exhausted on a time-charge basis, the client is billed monthly and payment is required to be made promptly.

My hourly rate is the same whether I am handling a divorce or mediation matter. However, in a mediation case, the retainer and overall cost to the clients is usually much less.

Divorce Retainer
Mediation Retainer
Law Offices of Bernard Dworkin

477 Madison Ave. at 51st St.


NY, NY 10022


tel: 212‑599‑0020


fax: 888‑883‑4830