Mar 4

Working with an Attorney – the beginning


The first thing your attorney should give you when you meet is a retainer agreement. Read it. If you have questions, ask. Among other things, agreement should talk about your duties as a client, the attorney’s duty to communicate, to retain your records and explain the work the lawyer is going to do for you. The contract should spell out terms of payment and conditions under which the agreement can be terminated by either party. Without this written agreement, an attorney cannot tell anyone else, like a school district or a doctor, that they represent you. The attorney should also give you a document called either a “release” or an “authorization” allowing them to speak with certain people, like school personnel, doctors or related service providers. They will present that document before entering into a conversation. These formalities protect your interests, your privacy and your rights.

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