Nobody wants to fire their lawyer, but sometimes the professional relationship just isn’t a good match. When this is the case, you need to know how to part ways with your legal counsel respectfully and professionally. You may also want advice on how to choose the legal professional who is right for you, so you don’t make the same mistakes when hiring a new attorney. Englander Peebles, Attorneys at Law has you covered.
When and How to Fire Your Lawyer
When you hire a lawyer, you are hiring someone to fight for you through one of the most difficult times in your life. Whether you have endured the struggles of homeowners damage like hurricane damage, windstorm damage, roof damage, or fire damage, the job is the same: to help you recover.. But with this kind of duty comes complications and not every case can be solved by every attorney.
Firing your lawyer should not be your first line of action if you are unsatisfied with their service. You may want to talk to your attorney first and let them know what is going wrong. If they still don’t meet your expectations, be direct and respectful. Give them a valid reason for your decision and be sure to put it in writing. For example, you might decide to part from an attorney because they have too many cases to work on at once, or because you need someone with more experience in your specific legal matter.
No one likes to be fired. No one likes to let someone go. Be professional and courteous and your attorney should respond in kind. When you fire your lawyer, make sure to let them know where to send your legal file. Sometimes, hiring another attorney before firing your old one can help you navigate this tricky situation.
Hiring a New Lawyer
Before you hire a new lawyer, take some time to think about what you liked and did not like about your previous legal team. If you were looking to be more connected to your case, consider an attorney with 24/7 availability. If you went with a big firm before, consider a smaller firm this time around.
Also, now is a great time to look for an attorney who focuses on your practice area. At Englander Peebles, Attorneys at Law, for instance, we handle property damage and represent homeowners exclusively, which is something our clients love.
In many cases, local lawyers refer cases to one another. This is another benefit of staying on good terms with your previous attorney. You can also consult other lawyers and law firms while you make up your mind on whether or not to part with your old counsel. Take advantage of free consultations – if you sit down with an attorney and explain what you are going through, they may have great advice and even end up being your new lawyer.
Make sure whoever you choose is honest with you. If you’re switching attorneys, your new lawyer should outline the costs you may be facing and be straightforward about any claims against your case. They also won’t hesitate to let you know if the aspect of your representation you’re unhappy with is something outside your initial lawyer’s power (i.e. you didn’t get the result you wanted in court).
If you are considering changing up your legal counsel for a property damage claim, call us anytime for a free consultation at (305) 900-5453 or click here to contact us online.