I want to change my lawyer. What steps do I have to take?
This may be one of the most common questions we get. The process is very easy. You are entitled to change lawyers whenever you want, and it shouldn't cost you any additional money. Here is what you need to know:
- If you are not happy with your lawyer for whatever reason, you can terminate his or her services without notice.
- You do not have to pay your new lawyer another fee. All lawyers who work on your case, if they are entitled to a fee, will share one fee between them. For example, if your case settled for $9,000.00 and there were no expenses and there is a one-third fee all attorneys will come to an understanding (or a court will decide) how much each lawyer will get.
- You do not have to fire your lawyer. You never have to talk to him or her again. Your new lawyer will send your old lawyer a letter and they will (hopefully) work it out.
- There should not be any delay with your case when you change lawyers. If both lawyers are civil and handle this properly, your old lawyer should sent the file to the new lawyer.
Remember, YOU as the client are in charge. You are the boss and the lawyer works for you. If you don't like your lawyer because he does not return your calls or he talks down to you, or you just don't think he is doing a good job, then it's over. At the end of the day, you need to find the best lawyer that will work to protect your rights and get you the compensation you deserve. Have questions? Give us a call at 516-222-4000 and let us help answer your questions and detail how we can help you win your case.
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