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Can I fire and replace my attorney?

If you are caught up in a legal matter, it is in your best interest to find and hire the best possible legal counsel to represent you in court. With the right lawyer, you can have peace of mind knowing that your legal rights and interests will be safeguarded. But what happens when you are dissatisfied with your lawyer’s work? Can you let go of them?

While this is not ideal, there are times when you can fire the lawyer you have hired to represent you. Certainly, this is a significant move, one that you should never take lightly. That said, here are two clear instances when your decision to dismiss your lawyer can be justified:

When they are acting unprofessionally

The importance of professionalism in legal practice cannot be overstated. When your freedom, reputation or even your career is on the line, the last thing you want is a professional misstep on the part of your legal counsel. If your lawyer seems disorganized, incapable of preparing for court dates or is mishandling your funds or crucial evidence, then you need to be concerned. These are tell-tale signs of unprofessional conduct, and you need to bring an end to it ASAP.

When they are sketchy with communication

Communication is the glue that keeps any relationship (including the client-attorney relationship) together. Without clear communication on the direction your case is taking, it can be very difficult to know whether you are winning or losing. If your lawyer is not answering your emails or calls, then you need to ask whether you belong together.

Protecting your rights

Your choice of a lawyer has a great impact on the outcome of your case. Find out how you can safeguard your rights and interests when terminating your relationship with your legal representative.