When you hire legal counsel to help you with a serious matter, you expect that your case will be handled with the utmost care, attention, and expertise. Unfortunately, sometimes your lawyer simply may not be the right fit for your case, and you may be forced to consider terminating them.
At Goodman Acker P.C., we know how difficult it can be to navigate a complex case, especially when you believe that your attorney has not provided the right kind of service. In this post, we’ll review a few things to keep in mind when you’re thinking about firing your attorney and hiring a new one instead.
There are many reasons clients lose confidence in their legal counsel. Most of the time, the attorney just isn’t the best fit for a specific legal matter, or doesn’t have the experience required to ensure a positive outcome. Good attorneys care about results, so they will most likely be upfront with you about their chances of success, and respect your decision to find alternative representation if needed.
Unfortunately, in rare instances, your attorney may have acted unethically or illegally. If that’s the case, it’s especially important to document all the reasons supporting your decision to terminate. You should also avoid threatening your attorney with legal action or a report to the state bar association: Doing so can both threaten the health of your case and prevent you from finding a suitable replacement. If you know that your attorney’s conduct has been unethical, make sure to remove yourself from the situation first before reporting them.
Even if you believe your attorney truly isn’t the right fit for you or your case, it’s important to carefully review your reasons for termination before you act. Firing an attorney midway through a case can come with some unintended consequences, which may reduce your overall chances of success.
Here are some things to ask yourself when you’re getting ready to fire your legal counsel:
Ultimately, the best solution for your case may be to fire your attorney and find more suitable representation, especially if you have concerns about their legal experience in a given area. When that happens, always let your attorney know in writing first. Make sure to include all the reasons for your decision, and document your concerns in a clear, courteous, and professional way.
Taking the time to ensure that everything is above-board will mitigate your losses, and increase your chances of finding a successful outcome – even if it’s ultimately with another lawyer.
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