The term minimum billings applies to when lawyers bill their clients in minimum increments of time. For example, a lawyer may bill their client a minimum of 1 hour every time that lawyer is in Court. Or, a lawyer may bill a minimum of 1/2 hour for each phone call (no matter how short the call). These minimum billings will quickly eat through a retainer deposit, and they are largely unnecessary. Before you retain a lawyer, make certain to ask whether or not that lawyer practices minimum billings, and if so, why? Most spouses should try to stay away from lawyers that employ minimum billing rates.