Sometimes, the number of lawyers in the area can seem overwhelming. According to Statista, there are more than 1.3 million lawyers in the United States. Clients always want their attorneys to work well with them, but that doesn’t always happen.
Sometimes, a lawyer just doesn’t fit. Either you aren’t happy with their services, you don’t work well with them, or you’ve found someone better. Can you switch to another personal injury lawyer?
Can You Switch to a New Lawyer in the Middle of Your Case?
Yes, you can.
Your case needs an attorney who is the right one to help you win. You should have peace of mind that your attorney is fighting for you. If you decide to switch to John M. Foy & Associates, we’ll make it easy for you.
You’ll sign a document stating that you no longer want to be represented by your attorney. Let us handle everything from there. We’ll contact your former attorney, who must legally send us all the information on the case. You can make the decision very comfortably if you feel it’s the right one for you.
The number one complaint people have about attorneys nationally is that they don’t communicate with their clients or they are hard to get hold of. Most people who switch are unhappy that their attorney is not communicating or returning phone calls.
Our Atlanta law firm has built our practice over the last 20-plus years through communicating and bonding with our clients. We keep the caseload of our attorneys and paralegals lower than most so that we can give each case the personal attention it deserves.
Another reason to switch perhaps is that you’ve retained your family attorney and both of you think it’s time to call in a personal injury expert. Whatever the concern about your existing attorney, at least get a second opinion. That should be offered for free, no matter who the personal injury attorney is.
The law does not permit attorneys to solicit clients. No one can legally call you up after an accident and offer you services. If one of these firms has fooled you, give us a call.
How Do You Fire a Lawyer in Georgia?
When you’ve come to the decision to switch lawyers, you’ll first need to fire the attorney currently working on your case. To do that, you’ll need to write them a letter informing them that you’re letting them go – legally, it needs to be in writing.
Your letter doesn’t need to be complicated – you can just let your soon-to-be former lawyer know about your intentions and ask for your files back. You will need to send it either by fax or certified mail, so make sure it gets to the recipient and that it’s clear that you’re firing them.
Can a Lawyer Quit on You in the Middle of a Case?
A lawyer can quit on you in the middle of a case, but it’s much more difficult for them to quit than for you to fire them. Most of the time, they will need to get permission from the court to stop working on your case, and they will usually have to have a good reason, like their client refusing to pay or committing a crime.
The American Bar Association encourages lawyers to see out their client’s case, but sometimes something could cause your lawyer to leave in the middle of a case. If that happens, you may need to get a new lawyer–we will hear you out at a free consultation.
Will I Have yo Pay My Former Attorney If I Switch?
People often ask: “My former attorney was being paid on contingency; will I have to pay out of pocket for his or her time?” The answer is: Absolutely not. Personal injury attorneys take their fee when a case is resolved.
Remember, if there’s no settlement, there’s no fee to the attorney. If you owe anything, we’ll reimburse the attorney from the settlement and you won’t pay double for legal fees.
Does Switching Lawyers Hurt My Chances of Getting a Settlement?
The timing and cost will not change. Any expenses you have accrued previously will be honored. We’ll start right away on protecting you. Any talk of settlement your attorney may have had is privileged and cannot be held up as evidence in a court of law.
But don’t worry–we won’t take on a case if we don’t think it’s in your best interest. We’ve been helping clients in Georgia for years, and we know how to find the best course of action for your case.
Contact a Skilled, Caring Lawyer Today
You deserve a personal injury attorney who cares about your case and communicates with you. Our firm can provide that. The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at John Foy & Associates want to help you with your case, even if you’ve already hired someone else.
It costs nothing to get an initial consultation. Contact us to get in touch with an experienced attorney today.