There is a very young female co-worker that I interact with on a daily basis. She has some issues with a landlord lately as far as collecting some back fees that were owed to her. This co-worker had to have her lawyer write a letter to the landlord stating she was owed $xx.xx. Long story short...my co-worker's lawyer sent the letter and she received the back payment from the landlord. She comes into the office today and is PISSED. I ask why and she says it is because she got a bill from her lawyer for $100.00 for writing the letter and then following up to make sure everything was taken care of and whatever else he did. That $100 bill is more than what she actually collected from the landlord in back fees. She was mad because she claimed the lawyer never told her he would charge her anything before taking action on her behalf. I explained that it might have been a little silly to believe he was working for her out of the kindness of his heart. I said lawyers gotta eat to, and I imagine they rarely work for free. I suggested that she get everything in writing up front next time. Am I the only one who would have known I would be charged by my lawyer for such services rendered? I know that folks don't normally do their JOB for free. Anybody else think like this too? Or do you expect there to be some agreement made up front before anything is done?