My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Virginia
I originally posted about my issue here: http://www.expertlaw.com/forums/showthread.php?t=184250
When I hired my lawyer, he said the matter would probably cost about $750. I sent him a check for that amount as retainer. I spoke with him yesterday and asked for an update regarding how much, if anything I owed him.
He sent me an invoice, and the work so far (1.5 hours) added up to $650. There is some additional work that needs to be done (he is sending the company a counter offer to add a liquidated damages clause if they breach and also remove one way attorney's fees clause they put in their settlement offer). He said that the total ultimately would likely cost $650 + the retainer.
I asked if it was alright to pay him after the settlement is completed, and he said that he prefers to be paid now. I said I will mail a check out to him by Monday of next week.
I was wondering if this is all standard practice and above board, or if something is fishy? I have never hired a lawyer before, so I am not a 100% sure about what to be on the lookout for.