Organizing Your Case
After an initial discussion, you or your legal representative will begin to organize your case by reviewing the details of the fraud, studying any relevant documents and information you possess, and conducting an investigation of the company or companies involved. This information will serve as the foundation of your case.
During this time, you should not discuss your litigation with anyone. Under the FCA, if you tell anyone besides your attorneys about the investigation, you are seriously risking your entire claim.
If, after this information is gathered, both you and your attorney feel you have a viable case and wish to proceed further, you need to sign a retainer agreement with the law firm. This contract specifies you will split a part of your future reward with your legal team; this means that you will never be obligated to pay an hourly fee or for the time and resources of the firm until you receive a reward. Now, you and your lawyer just need to determine the best program to file a claim under.