When you hire an attorney, you assume this person will handle everything related to your case in a timely and responsible manner. Unfortunately, as your case unfolds, you may realize that things are not going as planned.
Even if you put a lot of time into choosing the right attorney, you may soon find that you're not a good match. This alone may not be reason enough to fire your attorney, however, there are specific things that can happen that lead you down this path.
Here are some of the primary reasons to consider terminating your agreement with your attorney:
- Misconduct: You expect your attorney to act in a responsible and professional manner at all times. If you come to find that this isn't happening, you should reconsider your relationship.
- Malfeasance: This includes many things, such as misappropriation of client funds or fraud. Just the same as misconduct, any form of malfeasance should be discussed and dealt with in a timely manner.
- Malpractice: It's easy to believe that an attorney would never do anything that crosses into the territory of malpractice, but this can and does happen. Examples of legal malpractice include but are not limited to missing a statute of limitations, missing deadlines and breach of fiduciary duty. Even with many years of education and experience, attorneys still make mistakes. The bad thing is that a small mistake by your attorney can have a big impact on your case.
- A bad relationship: Some people just don't get along for one reason or another. If you run into this issue with your attorney, it may be time to move on. You must feel comfortable with your attorney, as they're representing you in an important legal case.
Some people are able to see one or more of these problems coming, thus allowing them to cut off ties with their attorney before something serious happens.
Others, however, realize too late that they made the wrong choice. If your attorney mishandled your case in any way, it's time to learn more about your legal rights. Once you get a second set of eyes on your case, it's easier to understand what went wrong and if you're able to file a lawsuit for legal malpractice.