QUESTION 5: WHAT IF I AM UNHAPPY WITH MY ATTORNEY’S WORK OR REPRESENTATION?
Occasionally, a client will hire an attorney and then realize that the attorney isn’t exactly what the client bargained for. There are a number of factors that could lead to a breakdown in the client’s relationship with their attorney. Sometimes a client realizes they can’t afford the attorney, other times a client might determine the attorney is not giving them the kind of information they expected. Regardless of the reason, clients should understand that they are not forced to stick with an attorney they are unhappy with.
Though there are only certain circumstances in which an attorney can fire their client, a client can always fire their attorney. A client may also hire a different attorney to be substituted in for the attorney they are unhappy with. However, if a client has deadlines looming, it is important the client discusses those deadlines with their potential new counsel.
Before you run out and fire your attorney or hire someone else, you should discuss your concerns with your current counsel. It may be possible that your attorney has no idea you are unhappy with their representation. A discussion can go a long way.