We get a lot of calls from clients who are tired of being ignored by their lawyers and wondering how to fire them and change lawyers. The complaints usually flow like this;
These are all signs that you have the wrong attorney which begs the question; how do I change attorneys? Here is what you need to know.
It goes like this. Your old lawyer sends a demand and gets an offer for $10,000. You want to fire them. The old lawyer is entitled to their 33% fee or $3,300. If the case is actually worth $30,000 then a new lawyer would take over and eventually get paid $10,000 (one-third) and pay the old lawyer the $3,300 out of the $10,000. You don’t lose anything and the new lawyer is happy.
However, if the case is only worth $15,000 the new lawyer would only get paid $5,000 minus $3,300 and would not want to work on a file that only nets her $1700 for a ton of work. Does that make sense? The existing offer has to be low enough that it makes sense for the new lawyer to take it on.
123 Main Street
RE: Termination of Representation
Dear Attorney Jones
I am terminating your services immediately. I have been calling for months and have received no updates on our status or where the case is headed. I expect good client services and sound legal advice and have received neither. You do not have permission to send any demands on my behalf and I am advising the insurance company that you no longer represent me for this car accident.