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Q: What are the required documents to be signed when you hire a lawyer for a medical malpractice lawsuit?

When is a legal relationship authorized between the injured party and lawyer?

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Jeff D. DeFrancisco Esq.
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Jeff D. DeFrancisco Esq.
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  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • East Syracuse, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: In general, the legal relationship is established once a client signs a retainer agreement. The retainer agreement formalizes the agreement that the lawyer will be representing the client, along with the terms of the representation. The terms of the representation typically include the responsibilities of the parties, how costs will be handled, what the legal fees will be, etc.

Jonathan R. Ratchik and Tim Akpinar agree with this answer

Jonathan R. Ratchik
Jonathan R. Ratchik
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  • Medical Malpractice Lawyer
  • New York, NY
  • Licensed in New York

A: As my colleague correctly advised, generally speaking, an attorney-client relationship is established once you sign a retainer agreement. The retainer agreement will set forth, among other things, the services which the attorney will render, fee that the attorney will charge for his or her services, the duties and responsibility of the client, etc. As required by New York Judiciary Law, an attorney's fee in malpractice cases is on a sliding scale basis. https://law.justia.com/codes/new-york/2021/jud/article-15/474-a/

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