My hourly rate for legal and mediation services is $275. I usually charge a Retainer Fee for new client's cases, with the amount of the retainer fee depending upon the simplicity or complexity of the case.
The retainer fee is deposited into a Client Trust (or "Escrow") Account and the individual client's funds are withdrawn periodically to pay for work that has been performed for the client. I prepare and send clients itemized monthly billing statements the first week of every month.
If I am able to resolve a client's case without using the full retainer fee, I promptly refund the unused balance to my client.