Introduction and Objectives

The relationship between a lawyer and client is one in which the lawyer provides services to the client. As with any provision of services, it is best to clarify expectations, boundaries, and obligations at the outset. Clearly defining the relationship can help you to avoid misunderstandings, miscommunications, and potential claims. It can also ensure that you receive payment for the services that you provide.



The objectives of the Retainers module are:

  1. To identify the types of retainers.
  2. To identify what retainer agreements should contain.
  3. To identify the requirements relating to:
    – Limited scope retainers,
    – Contingent fee agreements, and
    – Retainers for specified terms.

Although we aim to present a comprehensive Module, this Module is not exhaustive. This Module is not a substitute for exercising professional judgment and does not constitute legal advice.

Time Estimate for this Module (including Quiz): 25 minutes