As per the law, you’re under no obligation to hold on to a single attorney during your lawsuit. You can directly contact your attorney at any time before a settlement is reached with your other spouse or at any other time. That said, your attorney may still have a right to the retainer fee if the contract states so.
There are valid reasons for firing your attorney, but firing them at the wrong time may hamper your case. The only two things you need before firing your attorney are:
· The court’s permission
· An agreement with your attorney
Firing your Attorney Just Before Settlement can Cost you
If your attorney has negotiated a fair settlement with your spouse, firing them right before the pen touches the paper can dampen your chances of obtaining a fair resolution. If the settlement is nearly complete and you fire your attorney, it may cost you much more in the long run. Moreover, your attorney may also claim their full legal fee.
In addition, hiring a second attorney will again cost you more, along with the added risk of changing the terms of the agreement. Thus, firing your attorney late during the legal process may not be in your best interests.
Talk to a Certified Family Law Specialist
If your case is close to settling, think twice before firing your attorney. To get the best chance of obtaining a favorable resolution, get in touch with our family law attorneys today. We’ll advise you on the best possible ways to achieve your goals.