How does a retainer work?
Private Investigators should be able to explain how their retainer works, and their company’s process for collecting and billing for work completed. Work is typically billed at an hourly rate from your retainer.
Your money should be deposited into a Trust Account. As investigative services are rendered, payments will be made from this Trust Account to the Private Investigator. Depending upon the size of the investigation, this may happen several times throughout the course of the investigation or it may happen once. Your Private Investigator should be able to explain this process in detail.