Found out I was being investigated for something in Florida. Retained attorney. Attorney told wife & I would not cash $20,000 retainer unless arrested. Also stated would return retainer if not arrested. She cashed check 4 days later.
I was never charged, never arrested, and investigation was dropped. Attorney refuses to return a dime. Have filed formal complaint with Florida Bar on 3 grounds: She had verbal contract she violated in connection with returning money, fee is excessive (don't believe she did 6 hours work on it...kept saying can't do anything until charges placed), and contract we signed is void. Contract was signed by me, with receipt signed by attorney both indicating one day, but the contract was dated the following day. Contract listed fee as non-refundable, but was signed at same time as her verbal assertions about returning the $20,000.
Any thoughts on my next step. We haven't received any word from the Bar yet, but it has only been 2 weeks. Would be nice if they acknowledged the complaint. We know they got it, sent it registered mail.