In most of the cases, you can fire your attorney whenever you want to. However, you should think twice before making such a decision; consider the reasons and calculate the benefits, if any. It might be reasonable to fire your attorney in the following cases:
The attorney is not professional
There might be different indicators for this, for example, the lawyer might fail to attend scheduled meetings, or they might be abusing your money or documents. In the worst scenario, the attorney might appear in the court unprepared for the hearing.
Another indicator of an unprofessional attorney might be that he/she does not understand the case. An attorney might fail to relate any law to your case or they might be unable to use the facts to your benefit. This can, of course, frustrate any client.
In another scenario, the lawyer might not show enough dedication toward your case. For example, they might not understand how important it is for you to regain your rights over your intellectual property or they might not understand how much you desire to get custody of your child.
You do not have the same vision regarding the strategy to be used
People are different; you might have your own vision of what strategy to use. The lawyer’s vision might be completely different from yours. If it is true in your case, then it might be rather hard to agree with each other. Disagreements might lead to conflicts and conflicts might hinder the settlement of the case.
The most common scenario of a client-lawyer disagreement is that the lawyer tries to settle the case as soon as possible, but the client wants it to go to the court or it is the lawyer who wants to proceed with the case.
The attorney fails to get in touch
If the lawyer is unorganized and if they fail to answer your emails or phone calls, then you might think about firing them. The whole idea of hiring an attorney is to work in a team to protect the client’s rights. If the attorney fails to act like a team player, then maybe you should think about finding a more organized and responsible lawyer.
These are some 3 reasons why you might decide to fire your lawyer. However, make sure you do not expect too much from a lawyer. For example, if the court system moves your case along too slowly, then it might not be the lawyer’s fault. Also, if you ask your lawyer to conceal facts or to act illegally to your benefit and he/she refuses, then a new lawyer might also be less likely to assist you in your plans.
Before you fire your attorney, it is a good idea to talk to them about your dissatisfaction with their work. Maybe they have got answers to your questions or maybe it was all a misunderstanding. In most cases, when a client talks to the attorney, the need to fire the attorney disappears.