Picking the right attorney can sometimes be a challenging task. Sometimes this leads to individuals hiring an attorney that they later become unsatisfied with, for numerous reasons. Changing legal counsel after your case has already started can be stressful, but finding the right attorney can make all the difference in achieving the outcome you desire in your case. Ultimately, the decision on if, and when, to change legal counsel is a decision only you can make. However, there are a few tips you can keep in mind in determining whether you should change legal counsel. In this blog, we look at some of the reasons why you may want to think about changing legal representation and address concerns you may have in doing so.
When considering a change in legal representation, one thing to remember is that you are the client, and you are in control. You pay an attorney to perform a job for you, and if that attorney is not doing their job, you have every right to seek someone who will. There are a variety of reasons why an individual may be unhappy with their current representation. For example, the attorney is rude, the attorney fails to communicate with you, the attorney does not listen to your input, or the attorney fails to keep you informed. Whatever the reason may be, you have a right to be happy and pleased with the attorney you hire to represent you in your matter. If you are currently unhappy with your attorney’s performance, it may be worth considering a change in legal counsel.
Individuals looking for a change of representation often times wonder about the effects it may have on their case. Many may be hesitant to make a change because they feel it may hurt their case, push their case back, or cost additional money. However, switching representation after your legal matter has commenced will not have a negative effect on your matter, nor should it cost you any extra money. Importantly, these concerns should not prevent you from seeking new representation if you are currently unpleased. Again, when you hire someone to do a job, you have certain expectations. While you may not expect perfection, it is certainly fair to expect a certain level of competency and respect. If you feel you are not receiving that from your current representation, it is more than fair to seek someone new.
Finding the right attorney can be a challenging task at times. But it is important to remember that you have the right to an attorney that is dedicated to your case and an attorney that you feel comfortable and confident in. If you have found yourself in a legal matter, and are currently unpleased with your representation, it may be worth seeking a new attorney. Obtaining skilled counsel is key to relieving some of the burden and stress that comes with legal issues. This blog was written by attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon, P.C., who handle a wide variety of legal issues, be it criminal or civil in nature, throughout the state. It is written and posted for general educational purposes and is not to be construed as legal advice or solicitation for services. It is an advertisement.