I relocated to Florida for a employer. Before agreeing to the relocation - we had a employment contract drawn up to protect my family. Included was a severence package, relocation, set payment amount, etc. My salary was reduced 2 years ago and I was laid off 2 years after that (before my contract expired). I have seen an attorney and understand that I do have a credible contract. I am wanting to know if I should contact the employer before hiring an attorney, letting him know of my intentions - to see if we can settle before attorneys get involved. Or, is there anyway I can recover attorney costs even though it isn't stipulated in the contract? Why should I have to spend so much money to get what is owed in the contract?