If you retain an attorney, are they required to represent you for the entire duration of the case?

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If you retain an attorney, are they required to represent you for the entire duration of the case?

Asked on April 5, 2013 under Criminal Law, Colorado

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

No. An attorney can discontinue representation fairly freely early on; and after the case has been underway some time, they can still  discontinue representation if the client isn't paying the lawyer; if the client is discovered to have lied to or not cooperated with the attorney; if the client has threatened, harassed, stolen from, etc. the lawyer; or if the lawyer has some other good cause, such as a health care crises (his own or a family member's) which prevents him from working or requires him to reduce his workload.


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