The purpose of an initial consultation is for the attorney to advise you, the prospective client what if anything, may be done for you, and to estimate what the costs may be. The purpose is not to render a definitive legal opinion as it may be impossible to fully assess a matter within the time frame allotted for a consultation or with the (information or documents) that you may be able to provide at the initial consultation.
One of three outcomes is possible following your consultation:
- You and the Attorney mutually agree to the terms of representation, or
- The Attorney declines representation, or
- You decide not to use the services of the Attorney.
Following your initial interview, if you agree to hire the Attorney, and the Attorney agrees to represent you, you will both sign a Retainer Agreement. The Agreement will set forth the terms and conditions of representation. No Attorney/Client relationship is formed until the Agreement is signed.
If the Attorney is willing to represent you and you decide not to sign a Retainer Agreement, you are strongly urged to immediately consult with other legal counsel to protect your rights.