How to fire a lawyer in Chicago – Chicago’s Real Law Blog
A common myth that we hear from clients is that switching attorneys is hard or not allowed. We always encourage people to stay the course if they can or try to work things out if possible, but much like the 2010 Cubs, sometimes it’s just not working.The farther you are in to a case, the harder it is to find a lawyer to take over. The same is true if you are looking for a last minute replacement.
Assuming you can find a new lawyer and you should try to have one in place before bouncing the old one, the type of case you have will dictate how you fire your attorney.If you are paying a lawyer by the hour like in a divorce or criminal matter, getting a new attorney on the case is just a matter of settling your old bill and paying a new retainer fee to hire the new law firm.