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.