Whenever conducting a forensic psychological evaluation, I never receive referrals directly from the individual to be evaluated.  Rather, the referral comes only from the individual’s attorney.  This is standard and expected practice for all forensic psychologists.  In this protocol, the attorney is my client, not the individual who I am evaluating.  The attorney will sign an agreement for services, prior to me meeting with the individual to be evaluated.

Clearly establishing the referring attorney as the client means that I owe a professional duty to provide the evaluated individual’s lawyer with a copy of the forensic evaluation, not the individual who is evaluated.  It bears repeating, the attorney is my client.  As such, the attorney owns the evaluation and it becomes his or her work product.  Depending on the particulars of the case, the forensic evaluation may be privileged.  Unless directed by the court, I will not share the forensic psychological evaluation or even reveal that I am conducting an evaluation, to anyone other than my client (the referring attorney).

Obviously, in court ordered forensic evaluations, the magistrate or judge is the client.  As such, a report will be sent directly to him or her and I will not engage in ex parte communications with an attorney on either side of the case. 

A free consultation is provided for all forensic psychology cases.  I will obtain sufficient information in order to ascertain whether or not this is a case for which goodness-of-fit exists. That is, I desire to provide excellent services to clients and, if for some reason, others might be better suited in some circumstances—then I will refer you to potentially alternatives.  Once a case is accepted, and a signed agreement for services has been obtained, then a retainer will be secured prior to beginning the initial session with the individual to be evaluated.