When hiring an attorney, a client should be very clear on what exactly the attorney is going to do for the client. The Scope of Representation explains the details of the service the attorney is providing for his or her fee. The Scope of Representation should be in writing and clear. In a criminal case, there are many stages to the case. A prospective client should ensure that the the Scope of Representation covers all the stages that the client is paying for. If any stage of the case is not in the Scope of Representation, that should be clearly noted in writing.
Burges McCowan always provides a written fee agreement when a client hires him. It will be clear about the fee and what that fee is paying for.