AS DONALD TRUMP SAYS “YOU’RE FIRED!”
Firing your Attorney can be done at almost any time during the attorney-client relationship; however, be aware that you are on the hook for any money owed to your attorney when you fire them. Additionally, personal injury Attorneys who have been fired by clients can place a lien against your future settlement.
Firing your Attorney is done for a number of reasons such as: lack of confidence in attorney’s ability to handle your case, fees/costs of representing you, disagreements, you just don’t like your attorney, you don’t believe your attorney is giving you his/her best, doesn’t communicate with you, etc. I could go on and on about reasons to fire your Attorney, but how do you actually fire your Attorney?
HOW DO I FIRE MY ATTORNEY?
Review your legal employment contract. Make sure you understand what, if any, procedure it recommends in firing your Attorney. My experience is that most agreements have this procedure. Before you officially fire your Attorney, make sure another Attorney will take your case.
Otherwise, you will be up a creek without a paddle. Put it in writing! Write your Attorney and tell them you do not want them representing you any further in your case. Keep a copy of the letter you send your Attorney, whether it is via email, fax, or old fashioned snail mail.
In that letter tell the attorney you want all of your files back and you will pick them up. The Mississippi Rule of Professional Conduct Rule 1.16 cover the termination of representation; no Attorney worth their weight in salt would attempt to keep your files from you and use those files as leverage in making you pay his/her fees. Now, give your new Attorney your files.
HOW DOES PEPPER & ODOM LAW FIRM HANDLE THIS?
Here at Pepper & Odom Law Firm we have several clients whose previous personal injury Attorneys failed to deliver for them, but placed a lien against our clients’ settlement. In those instances, we have negotiated the amount owed to the former Attorney down.
HIRE A NEW ATTORNEY
The best advice I can give you as a client is to come to Pepper & Odom Law Firm first because we will tell you if we can help you or not. We do not believe in wasting your time or our time. Call us at Pepper & Odom Law Firm at 601-202-1111. If the line is busy, please call back.
By: Attorney Daniel Jones
571 Highway 51, Suite B
Ridgeland, MS 39157