On Friday I called the lawyer's office. His office assistant is also his wife. She's got over 20 years in the business and is extremely helpful in a motherly yet no-nonsense kind of way.
"I just wanted to let you know that our estimated tax refund is going to be April 13th."
"You know you can get started before you receive your refund, right?"
"No... how would that work?"
"You'd have to pay a small retainer and then we'd get you started on the paperwork."
I laughed. "How much is a small retainer?"
"A couple hundred dollars."
I laughed again. "Then we do have to wait until we get our refund."
"You realize you'll be filing near the end of May in that case? Unless it's an emergency."
"End of May? He told me about four weeks."
"Mid-April, about two weeks to file the paperwork, and about four weeks after that. Longer if you take longer to fill it out, less if you're more organized."
I thanked her. I didn't tell her I already have the paperwork filled out, at least as best I can without further guidance.
We're going to see if we can go ahead and give them a two hundred dollars with his next paycheck so that I can move forward with this.