There are ten matters that lawyers are unlikely to tell you. This is the first one of them: when you first walk into a lawyer’s office to request for his representation, the foremost issue in your mind is the cost that you are likely to incur. Nine out of ten you are most unlikely to be given a clear cut figure. Not because the lawyer wants to be evasive but because he will not know at that stage the full extent of what he is taking on. In that window between your anxiety and his inability to provide a precise quote lies the opportunity for the lawyer to exploit and for you to be exasperated as the matter evolve and develops. The trick is to indicate to the lawyer to take his time, study your case and to provide a fairly accurate estimate of the cost.