When a client brings a matter to a lawyer and seeks
representation, the client may not be sure what the next step is.
Letters of engagement and retainer agreements (“Letter(s)”) help
outline the terms under which the lawyer will represent the client,
and offer the client a better understanding of the attorney’s path of
representation. A retainer agreement is a letter of engagement that
has been countersigned by the client.
Generally, the letter is provided to the client prior to commencement of
representation when a lawyer undertakes to represent a client
and enters into an arrangement for, charges or collects any fee
from the client. If doing so is impracticable or the scope of the
engagement cannot be determined at that time, then the Letter
should be provided within a reasonable time after commencement
of the engagement.