Estimatation of hours to review a case?

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    If an attorney wants you to estimate the time it will take you to review a case, what is the average amount of hours spent? I know this can vary a lot, but what would an average be? Since this will be my first case, I have no idea of how long to tell him or scare him away if I say too long.

    Also, what percentage of the estimated total do you collect as a retainer?

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    If an attorney wants you to estimate the time it will take you to review a case, what is the average amount of hours spent? I know this can vary a lot, but what would an average be? Since this will be my first case, I have no idea of how long to tell him or scare him away if I say too long.

    Also, what percentage of the estimated total do you collect as a retainer?
    Sorry, I meant estimation!
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    Hello, preop.

    I normally tell my clients it will take approximately 3 - 5 hours to review, depending upon the complexity of the case. And, my contracts include that all "requested" services are agreed before work is begun.

    I also will ask if the attorney wishes for me to report to him/her after 'X' amount of time should the complex case require more than the 3 - 5 hours. Several attorneys would ask (when I first began) that I report every "10 hours of work", before continuing.

    As for retainer fees, I charge a "flat fee"; again depending upon the complexity.
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