A client can elect to terminate the attorney/client relationship with a Florida personal injury lawyer if the client lacks confidence in the attorney’s abilities, understanding of the case, or does not receive sufficient communication and case updates.
A common problem associated with “firing” an attorney is that the retainer and fees may have already been paid. The Attorney Consumer Assistance Program (ACAP), operated by the Florida bar, encourages clients facing this dilemma to first arrange a face to face meeting with the attorney. Voice your complaints and concerns in this meeting and try to reach a consensus. Your attorney may even choose to withdraw from the case voluntarily if he/she does not feel confident in winning your case.
3 Important Things to Address if you Fire your Attorney
Always review your Statement of Client’s Rights or Written Agreement dictating any terms regarding how the attorney-client relationship must be terminated. Then move forward and note the following:
Seek New Representation
After taking these steps, hire a new attorney as soon as reasonably possible. Talk to your new lawyer and address the reasons for dismissing your former counsel. Explain why these factors matter to you so they can be noted from the start and you can feel confident in your decision. Obtaining your case file and getting it to your new lawyer will help the mend the gap.
In some cases, a defendant may perceive a change in counsel as a sign of a weak case and can seek to rush the case to trial in order to reduce the new lawyer’s preparation and research period. Make the switch quickly and do your best to afford your new attorney as much time as possible to research and build your case.