How will we communicate as the case progresses? When are you available to be reached? What about on weekends and in the evenings?
Will you consult with me before making any key decisions on the case? Will you keep me informed of major developments in the case? Will you keep me updated on the status of the case regularly?
My Legal Options, Chances of Success, and Other Factors
What are the many approaches or tactics that I could use to solve this problem? What are the advantages and disadvantages of these various approaches?
What will I be expected to do as a result of my involvement in this case? What might personal information about me be at stake if I pursue this case? (For example, will my deposition be taken, will I be subjected to medical or other evaluations, and will my employment/personal background be disclosed?)
How likely am I to succeed? What may I hope to get if the case is successful? What other things should I consider before determining whether or not to pursue this matter?
How long do you think this case will take? Will you put together a rough schedule?
Attorney’s Fees and Expenses
Is there a charge for the initial consultation?
Do you need a retainer?
What method do you use to bill for your services? Do you bill on an hourly basis? What are your and others’ hourly charges for working on my case?
Do you work on a contingency basis?
What other expenses might be incurred?
Will you bill regularly as the case progresses? Will you provide itemized bills?
What do you think my total legal expenses and expenditures will be?