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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.
Maine distributes property equitably, but this does not necessarily mean equally. The court takes several factors into account including the length of the marriage, each spouse's contribution to the property and economic circumstances among other things. Property acquired after a legal separation, gifted or inherited property, and any property a spouse may have had provisions for beforehand, is not included.
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