Q: When I meet with an attorney for the first time, what should I make sure to discuss before leaving the interview?

Answer: When you meet with an attorney for the first time, make sure to discuss

  • What amount of money is the attorney expecting you to pay and when. You can ask about a payment plan.

  • Whether you must pay any money before the attorney will begin working on your case

  • When the attorney will provide you with a written agreement (“retainer”) that clearly spells out the work to be done and the amount you are to be charged.

  • When you will next hear from your attorney

  • What your attorney expects you to do and when it needs to be done.