Are you unhappy with the services you are receiving from your current lawyer? Did you know that you have the right to change lawyers at any point throughout your case? Just be sure to make careful steps when doing so.
Like personal relationships, not all professional relationships last forever. The doctor you initially appreciated because of his efficiency now strikes you as abrupt and impatient would make you look for another doctor. The same goes for your lawyer. If you think your case is not being handled the way you like, you have a right to change lawyers. You are allowed to get a second opinion, not just when you have medical issues, but legal issues too.
When evaluating your lawyer’s services ask yourself . . . Is your attorney wasting time in meetings? Do they appear to be unprepared for court, disorganized, or in the worst-case scenario, seem to be mishandling your funds or documents? This unprofessionalism is unacceptable, as is an attorney who does not communicate well with you. Is your attorney not responding to your repeat emails, phone calls, or questions? It’s important for your attorney to understand your case thoroughly so that you may work together as a team. Also, if you disagree about how your case should be handled perhaps hiring another attorney is a better option. Finally, if you believe your attorney is not showing full dedication toward your case or compassion to you as a client, these are all reasons finding a different attorney may be your best option.
No matter where you are in the process, you are allowed to change attorneys if that is what works in your best interest. Once you’ve definitely decided to change attorneys, there are still a few things you should do before notifying him or her of the change. You should review your retainer agreement in order to follow the correct steps to terminate the relationship. Meet with other attorneys to explain the situation and minimize the delay in switching attorneys.
When you’re ready to end the relationship with your old lawyer, send a certified or registered letter that clearly states you are terminating the relationship and a request for your file.
The process of changing attorneys can be stressful, but maintaining a professional demeanor while dealing with your old attorney should allow for a smooth transition to a new firm that is more capable and dedicated to handling your case.
If you wish to obtain a second opinion, Siler & Ingber offers a free case evaluation. Contact us: 1-877-718-6079.
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