Regardless of how long you’ve been with your personal injury attorney, relationships can change. You may find yourself in a position where you think, for one reason or another, it’s time to search for a new law firm. This can be a stressful decision, especially if you’re in the middle of a case; so you may be uncertain as to whether or not a change is the right call. If you are experiencing any of the following issues, however, it may be time to considering making searching around.
Communication Troubles. Proper communication between an attorney and a client is key to a successful relationship and a successful trial. If you have trouble understanding your attorney because they only speak in confusing legal jargon, ask for clarification. If this issue continues, a larger issue may need to be addressed.
Ethically Questionable. Lawyers use the guiding princes of the Rules of Professional Conduct to ethically and professionally practice law and represent clients. If you feel as though your attorney is acting unethically, it’s best to keep track of your reasonings and voice your concerns to your lawyer. You may also consider seeking guidance from a separate law firm.
In Mississippi, you have the right to file a Bar Complaint with the Mississippi Bar. The Committee of Professional Responsibility will consider the complaint and decide if an ethical violation has been committed.
Lack of Professionalism. Professionalism is apex in the legal world. If your attorney has trouble remembering you case details, arrives late to meetings, doesn’t return your calls, or forgets or ignores deadlines, you may be better off seeking new legal representation.
If you do choose to switch attorneys, it’s a good idea to prepare yourself for as smooth a transition as possible. Consider asking your new attorney these questions.
- Are you able to get my case files from my old attorney?
- How long will it take you to get up to speed on my case?
- Will you help me get my retainer money back from my old attorney?
- Do I need to notify the court of the change? Is that something you can do?
Remember that even though you’ve hired a lawyer, you are ultimately responsible for your legal affairs. If you believe there’s a problem with your current personal injury attorney, it’s always a good idea to ask for a second opinion. Here at Corban Gunn, Attorney at Law, we consider ourselves to be the smart choice for personal injury cases in Mississippi. Call today to receive honest, straightforward advice.