I’m Unhappy With My Lawyer – What Do I Do?
When you are injured in an accident, the most appropriate step is to hire a personal injury lawyer to represent you and protect your legal rights. But what happens if you lose faith or trust in your attorney? What do you do? What are your options?
You Have the Right to Change Attorneys at Any Time
If you are unhappy with your personal injury attorney and believe that he or she is not performing his or her duties, the first step to resolve the problem is to talk with the attorney directly. You should tell your attorney about your concerns and ask for an appointment to discuss the matter in more detail.
However, if that discussion does not clear up the problem, you have a right to discharge the attorney and obtain another. Regardless of what made you lose faith in your attorney or the reasons why you are unhappy with the advice provided, you employed your attorney and have the right to fire him or her.
How to Fire Your Attorney
Firing your attorney depends upon whether your case is before the courts or is in a pre-litigation stage. If your case is before the courts (that is, a lawsuit has been filed), a substitution of attorneys form must be filed with the court to inform all parties that you are no longer employing the original lawyer.
If no lawsuit has been filed, you are not obligated to inform your attorney that you are substituting him or her. You may simply look for another personal injury attorney and they will inform your old attorney of the substitution.
The bottom line is that if you have lost confidence in your lawyer, you should get a second opinion and consider changing your attorney. It is important that you have faith in your lawyer and are confident that he or she is willing to go to war to get you the compensation that you deserve.
Contact an Experienced Los Angeles Personal Injury Lawyer
At the Law Offices of Vahdat & Associate, we are confident in our ability to serve you competently and compassionately as your legal counsel. We communicate with you on a weekly basis and keep you informed every step of the way. We make it our goal to work hard and to make your case a success.
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident, please call us 24 days, 7 days a week to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced Los Angeles personal injury lawyers. For more information, please call us at 818-745-2974 or visit us at www.sfvlaw.com.