6 Signs You Should Fire Your Lawyer
Today, on Redhead Mom, I’m sharing a partnered guest post about the 6 signs when you should fire your lawyer.
As a woman, hiring a lawyer for any reason is a big decision. This is someone who’s going to be your ally and provide you with guidance and support in what could be one of the most challenging situations in your life. For example, you might need a child custody lawyer to represent you in a civil situation like a divorce or something involving child custody.
Regardless of the specifics, the following are signs that you might need someone new to represent you.
They Aren’t Communicating
One of the most important jobs of an attorney is to stay in communication with their client. If you have legitimate questions and you can’t get a response, then it could be a sign you should look for new legal representation. Even if your attorney is really busy, they should still be able to respond to you on a prompt basis.
Of course, your lawyer will have other clients, and you can’t expect to monopolize all their time and attention, but they should be able to go over the details of your case with you.
If an attorney is so busy with other clients, they can’t take your call or respond to an email, they don’t have the time to represent you.
Promising a Certain Outcome
A good attorney is never going to promise or guarantee a certain outcome. The reality is that no matter how great your attorney is, there are a lot of variables that can affect a legal case. The best your attorney can do is go over what the possible outcomes with you are and what they think the right course of action is.
When you go to a lawyer, it’s because you need advice. At the same time, a good lawyer is going to take your needs and wants into consideration too.
If an attorney is pressuring you to accept a deal or settlement and you don’t think it’s right, they need to take your thoughts into consideration. On the other hand, you might want a fast settlement because your primary goal could be avoiding court. Your attorney might discourage that strategy, but they have to realize that at the end of the day, it’s up to you, and you are the decision-maker.
Your lawyer can give you advice and outline the pros and cons, but if they have a “my way or the highway approach,” you might think about finding someone else.
Lawyers have to behave ethically. They’ve taken an oath that says they’ll follow certain ethical guidelines.
If your lawyer behaves unethically, you should fire them. Examples of unethical behavior include mishandling of funds, breaking the attorney-client confidentiality, having a conflict of interest, or not informing you of settlement offers.
If your attorney asks you to do something that’s potentially illegal or makes you uncomfortable, you should probably find someone else to work with as well.
Unethical behavior isn’t necessarily the same as malpractice. Legal malpractice can be done accidentally or intentionally. If there’s something your lawyer did that you feel prevents you from settling or winning your case, it might be a situation of malpractice.
For example, if your lawyer was fully aware of when an accident happened but let the statute of limitations run out, it could be a malpractice situation.
They Make You Feel Uncomfortable
There’s more to working with a lawyer than finding someone with the right experience and expertise. These are important factors, but it’s also important that you feel comfortable with the person you’re going to work with. You have to be honest, and upfront with them, and if you aren’t comfortable or your personalities don’t “mesh” well, then you aren’t going to be able to do that.
It’s okay to work with someone else simply because you don’t feel like you click with an attorney.
We all have our preferences as far as the people we work with.
You might prefer a warmer attorney who you feel cares about your feelings. On the other hand, some people like an attorney who’s dry and direct and gives them only the facts. It’s very personal.
Lawyers need to be organized and prepared. This is part of being a professional and representing themselves and their clients to the best of their ability. If your attorney always seems scattered, can’t remember details, and is unorganized, you might consider moving on and finding someone else.
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