When to Fire Your Lawyer

by on September 12, 2010

Your lawyer, whosoever it may be, is liable to act and do what’s best for you, as he too has to maintain his professional peer status. There are times when you feel that your first lawyer is failing to work for your best, or maybe is not willing to work at all. Though the chances for the latter to happen are less, but if it is so there are some things that you must remember as these will help you fire the current one and hire the new one. This should however not be considered as a legal advice, for this is just a general guidance to assist you make a better decision.

Is he keeping you at an arm’s length?

Only you know how hard you work to earn that money and therefore you are the best person to decide how you spend it?  If anytime you feel that your lawyer does not pay heed to what you say and instead acts as if he knows everything, remember it doesn’t work like that.

Expected to be a caretaker to your property, does he act like one?

If at any point of time you feel that your lawyer has not been able to take proper care of your property, which is expected of him, make up your mind that things need to change. Caretaking is like an obligation lay upon the lawyers, and if they do not do it properly they have to pay for it.

Does he decide things without consultation?

The decision has to be yours followed by an action, that has to be triggered by your approval. If your lawyer agrees to a settlement offer without prior discussion, you have to show him the door. Talking on the monetary terms, if you are paying your lawyer an advance, that money has to be deposited separately and the lawyer has to earn that money by working for you.


Filling the blanks, is that all he ever does?

When you pay your lawyer a hefty sum, you obviously expect him to work for you honestly. To get things right, a lot of homework is required. If he comes to you in the morning with a blank face and page, that means he has not researched enough. A one-size form doesn’t fit in all legal cases, he has to spend some time learning about the matter, or else tell him he’s out of the game.

Is he an impersonator?

You would obviously not want to be represented by an unqualified or debarred lawyer, for there are people who act like lawyers, but in reality are not current members of the bar. This is against the law; therefore, if you ever learn that your lawyer is one in the league, fire him.

There may be several other reasons for you to terminate the term with your attorney, something as simple as, like you not getting around well with him or maybe even his attitude. But, while doing so, make sure you hit on him and not his profession.

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