No. Most attorneys will have a candid discussion with you in the first interview regarding “costs” versus “fees.” Fees are contingent but costs are not. Costs during the initial phases of the case can run between $6.00 for an accident report to $150.00 for a private investigator. These costs are generally “advanced” by the attorney and repaid through the settlement. Obviously some cases are more complex than others and costs can accelerate rapidly. Nonetheless, your attorney should always discuss costs with you before they are incurred. You should always have the final word. Remember, the lawyer works for you, not the other way around.