Iwant to know if and howI can change attorneys in the middle of a auto accident litigation?

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Iwant to know if and howI can change attorneys in the middle of a auto accident litigation?

Sept. 2008 was rear ended. She had no insurance. I am done with medical care. My ins kicked in and paid $5000 of bills so far & still have about $1500 to pay. I am not satisfied with my lawyer. They are not doing the work I think in a good manner and I have to call them to find out where my case is at and they are still not keeping me fully informed.

Asked on April 20, 2009 under Accident Law, Indiana

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 13 years ago | Contributor

You absolutely can change attorneys at any time for any reason. It happens regularly. That does not mean the first attorney is not entitled to be paid at some point for the fair value of the work s/he has done.

The precise way fees are handled when there is a substitution of counsel vary widely from state to state and I am not an Indiana licensed attorney so I don't know how this works in your state. But your second attorney will explain all that to you.

By the way, it also may make a second lawyer less willing to take the case as s/he will eventually earn a somewhat lesser fee.


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