Your divorce lawyer isn't calling you back. She sends you excessive bills, seems uncaring and/or condescending about your case. When you get to court, she frankly seems a little lost when it comes to procedural issues.
Can you divorce your divorce lawyer?
Yes, especially if you are not satisfied with the quality or level of attention your case is getting. OurBirmingham divorce lawyers are committed to positive outcomes for each and every one of our clients, and we firmly believe in the importance of keeping you informed and involved in the process.
When clients come to us mid-case, we know it's often because they have been disappointed by another attorney and are probably feeling somewhat dejected about the entire experience. While divorce is rarely without at least some emotional upheaval, we want to work on making the process as painless as possible. We want you to look back on all of it years from now with the sense that everything that transpired may not have been pleasant, but it got you to where you needed to be in the best possible shape.
Part of getting to that point is ensuring that the attorney you are working with is attentive to your needs and concerns.
In fairness, we do need to point out that there are some things your attorney may not be able to control. For example, if she loses a hearing, understand that nobody can win every case. It's another thing, though, if she was unprepared for the hearing. Lack of preparedness is unacceptable. The same thing goes for tardiness. Being late to one hearing, while not exactly professional, isn't necessarily a deal breaker. More than once, however, shows a lack of respect for you, your case and the court. Similarly, we understand that it can be extremely frustrating if you have a pressing question and your lawyer is on vacation or tied up in other meetings. She's human. But if she never seems to be available for any reason, you have a right to be concerned and you are within your rights to seek new counsel.
You may also question your professional relationship with the attorney if he or she seems to emotionally invested in your case (this is not about her ego) or if he or she seems to be handling too much at once.
If you do make the decision to switch lawyers mid-case, you'll need to inquire about getting your case files transferred from your first lawyer to your second. You'll also need to resolve any outstanding legal fees (or over-payments) with the first attorney.
With your new attorney, you'll need to fill him or her in on the following:
- The name of the judge;
- Any information regarding the discovery – what has been done and what is yet to be done;
- Whether there are certain filing or discovery deadlines of which you're aware;
- A basic overview of both you and your spouse's personality;
- Whether any settlement offers have been made or discussed;
- A basic idea of what you are looking for in your case and why it's yet to be closed;
- Any unique or special concerns.
Your case deserves professionalism, you deserve results.
If you are contemplating a divorce in Birmingham, contact Birmingham Family Law Attorney Steven Eversole at (866) 831-5292.
Changing divorce lawyers — is that allowed?
Changing divorce lawyers – is that allowed? Feb. 27, 2013, By Robin Roshkind, Esquire