After hiring an attorney, sometimes clients lose faith or trust in their lawyer. Others feel their attorney doesn’t have the competence needed for that area of practice. But before you jump to end the relationship, ask a few questions to help decide what you should do.
My attorney won’t call me back.
Failing to return phone calls or not constantly updating you on the status of your case can infuriate anyone. However, you should speak to your lawyer about your feelings before dismissing him. On top of having multiple cases, attorney’s can be tied up with deposition, trial or travel for another case. If you can’t reach your attorney, leave a message with his secretary or paralegal, who can often give you an update on your case. A secretary or paralegal can also notify you if your attorney is currently unavailable and take a message for him to return your call.
I was advised by another lawyer to fire my existing attorney.
People in the middle of a lawsuit often discuss their case with others, including other attorney’s. However, the information you tell them isn’t always accurate. Certain legal issues and ramifications for your case get missed in conversation, leading to bad advice from others. Another lawyer or friend advising you to leave your existing attorney can hurt you in the end. Often, a client will fire his attorney only to find that his “new” lawyer won’t accept his case. Reviewing the legal pleadings, motions, depositions and records of the case often reveals information the “new” attorney decides makes the case not worth taking.
In addition, most states have rules of ethics prohibiting an attorney from soliciting a client he knows to be represented by another attorney. If your new attorney is willing to break the rules of ethics to get your case, he may be unethical with you as well.
The process is taking too long and I think it’s my lawyers fault.
Personal injury cases are time consuming. Before you decide that your attorney isn’t pushing your case forward with diligence, try to learn why the case isn’t progressing. If you believe your attorney isn’t giving enough time to your case, set up a meeting. Openly discuss your concerns with your lawyer. Often, you will find the process of a lawsuit is much more complicated and time consuming than you may think.
I’ve read all this, but I’ve decided to fire my lawyer. What do I do?
If you have resolved that your attorney isn’t doing his job, you can fire him and find new representation. When you decide to do this, you should do it in writing. Your letter should include any misconduct or reasons to support your decision. Included in the letter should be information on where to send your file. Unless the conduct of your lawyer has been illegal or clearly unethical, don’t threaten your attorney with legal action or reporting him to the bar association.
You will find that if you handle the termination of your attorney in a professional manner, he will most likely respond professionally and courteously as well. Good lawyers only want the best for all clients and they can respect and understand if the client is better served by other representation.
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