Michael Helfand on 10.26.10
Every day this week I’m discussing a different lie told by attorneys in the Chicago area.
Today’s lie is: You can’t fire me!
While in the best scenario you’d never need to find a new attorney, I’m blown away by the number of lawyers who make their clients believe that they are stuck with them. It happens all of the time in workers’ compensation and personal injury claims and often in criminal cases too.
There is nothing that prevents you from getting a new attorney. In personal injury cases, if a lawsuit hasn’t been filed, it’s often as easy as just calling them up and telling them to stop working on the case. In workers’ compensation, unless there is a huge offer to settle it’s a snap too.