Cost is important, and attorneys are required to keep litigation expenses in check. Ensure that you charge a reasonable price for your time and expertise; do not undervalue yourself. However, be reasonable when calculating costs.
A cost estimate for your initial report, for example, should include a buffer so that you can make basic textual or formatting changes in response to feedback without incurring additional charges. In addition, if your report does not answer the questions outlined in your letter of instruction, a lawyer may not be willing to compensate you for the additional time you must spend correcting this.
Costs should be outlined upfront, and cancellation fees should be made clear. It is reasonable to request reimbursement for expenses; therefore, be prepared to submit receipts as proof of these costs.