4 Steps To Take Before You Fire Your Lawyer
Firing your lawyer is a serious decision, but it can always be done. But, before you do something that may end up hurting you and your case, there are a few steps you should take.
1. Communicate With Your Current Attorney
First, consider the reason for wanting to fire your lawyer. You should discuss the issue with your attorney before taking action. If, after you discuss the issue with your lawyer, you are still not satisfied, you may consider the next step.
2. Review The Fee Agreement
Second, you should review the fee agreement, as required by every attorney in Pennsylvania who works on a case with a client. If you do not have a copy, you can request one from your lawyer. The fee agreement should address the costs and fees assessed if discharge occurs. It may also stipulate the lawyer's fees and reimbursement of costs if he or she is fired by a client. In many cases, a lawyer who has been fired will be able to reach some type of agreement with your new attorney on payment of fees and costs.
3. Seek Assistance From A Friend Or Relative
Third, you should consider hiring a new attorney before discharging your current one. However, if you are represented by an attorney, it is inappropriate and may be an ethical violation for an attorney to speak with you. This makes hiring a new lawyer somewhat challenging. Therefore, it may be a good idea to have a relative or trusted friend contact a new lawyer for you.
4. Notify Your Lawyer In Writing Regarding Your Wishes To Discontinue Service
Finally, if you decide to discharge your lawyer, you should notify your lawyer in writing that you no longer wish to retain his services and request the lawyer to send your file to you or your new attorney.
Unfortunately, in rare cases, there are instances when clients and lawyers can no longer continue to work together. However, before you decide to make the important decision to fire your lawyer, you should consider all viable options.