Answer: Absolutely. The lawsuit encapsulates your claims. You should read the allegations and ask the attorney questions about what he or she has written. If you do not understand the words or the allegations, make sure that your attorney explains them to you. You should ask as many questions of your attorney that you need to ask so that you are comfortable.
Answer: You might want to write down any questions or concerns that you have about being the whistleblower. Make sure you ask those questions. Think about being able to describe your case in simple terms. A good attorney will ask lots of questions and will follow up with you as he or she begins to think more about your case.
Answer: This is a matter you should discuss with your attorney. However False Claims cases are filed under seal, meaning that the lawsuit will not be public or even disclosed to the defendant for many months. While the initial seal lasts 60 days, the government typically extends the seal. Once the seal is lifted, the case will be a matter of public record. It is wise to talk to your attorney about any concerns you have regarding the lifting of the seal.
Answer: If you are a whistleblower in a False Claims Case, you will be required to meet with the government, answer questions for the government on occasion, and be available to answer questions from your counsel. Other than that, your life should proceed as normal.
Answer: No. There are plenty of attorneys who will represent whistleblowers. It is generally unlawful for attorneys to pay referral fees to non-attorneys. Any non-attorney who is seeking a portion of your recovery to refer you to an attorney should be a concern.