When you need to hire a lawyer, it makes sense to meet with the lawyer in person for a free consultation. You need to know whether the lawyer has the knowledge and experience to help you. You need to know what the lawyer can do for you and what that will cost. You need to know whether you can put your trust in the lawyer and feel confident that you will be protected. You can usually trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable and confident that this is the right lawyer for you, then you should keep looking. When you make your decision about who will represent you then you should sign a retainer agreement, which is a contract between you and the attorney that makes it clear what the lawyer will do for you, what it will cost, and how the payments will be made. At that point, the lawyer should take over and handle the case for you. That’s all there is to it.