After you hire a lawyer, you may feel obligated to continue using his or her services, regardless of how you feel about them. One of the most common questions that people have, when they are unhappy with their representation, is whether they are allowed to find a new lawyer. You always have the right to find new representation.
Do You Need to Have a Reason?
Most people assume that they should have a reason before they fire their lawyer. They think that they need to have a serious reason to no longer want his or her services. This isn’t the case. You do not need to give the lawyer a reason if you don’t want to. Maybe you found another lawyer with more experience or maybe you feel like you’re being overcharged for his or her services. No matter why you are unhappy, you can terminate your lawyer for any reason and without any explanation.
You do not even have to notify your lawyer if you don’t want to. If you are uncomfortable with your lawyer, then you can ask your new lawyer to notify him or her. Your new layer will send the other lawyer a letter. In most cases, they will work out an arrangement so that your new representation can access your files.
Will Your Case Be Delayed?
There is no reason your case should be delayed if you decide to find a new lawyer. Most lawyers will behave civilly towards one another. Generally, your old lawyer will simply send over your files and there will be no issues. If there are issues, then your new lawyer will be able to handle them for you. Your case will go forward as planned. Your trial is not dependent on the lawyer that you choose. If your former lawyer had appeared in court on your behalf, you will need to sign a Consent to Change Counsel form. Then, your new lawyer will file a notice of appearance. Once complete, you have a new lawyer in the eyes of the court.
If you are unhappy with your current lawyer, there are other options. Technically, your lawyer works for you. When it comes to your future, you deserve a lawyer who is going to advocate for you and that you can trust whole-heartedly. If you’re thinking of making a change, consult with a new lawyer, as soon as possible.