Thank you so much for the detailed reply @Callie Beller Diesel and @GEP!! I really appreciate this! As with doing anything new for me, I'm currently scared shitless lol! And knowledge is power!
I'm glad to read things that reaffirm I'm in the right direction, revisit some decisions, and was the insight I needed. Money/Payment is an issue that I get nervous about. I worry if I'm over thinking things, but I also dont know what "normal/common practice" is in these situations. Also, what is fair to both parties. But as you mentioned, the answers are case dependent.
Its interesting that