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What Is a Retainer? by Edward A. Brown, Esq.
A retainer is a sum of money given to a lawyer to secure his or her services. Traditionally, the purpose of the retainer was to retain the attorney for oneself, so that he or she would be prevented for acting on behalf of the adversary.
Essentially, the best way to save on your legal expenses is to be a good client. While this is not intended to be a comprehensive list, and is not arranged in any particular order as to priority, a good client should: Follow The Plan. If you and your attorney have agreed on a course of action, plan, or theory of the case, do not change direction, take any unilateral action, or simply fail to follow through without first discussing your change of heart with your attorney. Be a team player.

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When spouses seeking divorce in Maine have minor children, the court can order an investigation by a third party to gather information about the circumstances of the divorce, the parents and the children. This report will go to the court no later than three days before the hearing. Interested parties can request the testimony of the investigator. The couple incurs costs of all or part of the investigation if for any other reason than suspected abuse or neglect.

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