Need to Change Lawyers?

If you have lingering health concerns, you would probably seek a second opinion from a different doctor. The same applies when you have a legal case that is not going well.

You can switch attorneys if your attorney/client relationship is not working. The law firm of Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, is frequently hired to take over personal injury cases when plaintiffs are dissatisfied with their attorneys. We have a proven record of results. We can help you "pick up the pieces" and move forward.

Can You Fire Your Lawyer At Any Time?

You hired your attorney, and you have the right to end that professional relationship at your discretion. Before you proceed, there are important things to understand.

You should:

  • Choose the attorney you want to represent you as your case moves forward. Be honest with the new attorney and tell them why you fired your previous lawyer.
  • Write a letter to your former lawyer explaining why you are ending their representation. Or reach out to your new attorney to get help in drafting and sending this letter. This is the best way to end your professional relationship. You should ask for your case files and get details about any advance payment you made. Part or all of that money might be refundable.
  • Notify the court about the documents that might be required. Your old attorney could be required to file "a motion to withdraw." The new attorney might be required to file a "motion for substitution of counsel." Your new attorney can help you file the necessary paperwork.

What Happens If You Can't Pay Your Former Attorney?

Call the lawyer and talk to them. You might be able to work out a repayment plan or negotiate a fee agreement. Do not assume the fee will be forgiven. If you do, you are likely to have more legal issues. Most lawyers are willing to work with you to get their fees.

Who You Hire Matters

Our law firm will coordinate with your former attorney to take over your case. Your legal fee will not increase — when your case settles, some of the proceeds may go to your original lawyer — but that comes out of our share, not your share.

Call Sakkas, Cahn & Weiss, LLP, at 212-571-7171 or contact us online. We will explain how simple it is to terminate your current arrangement and transition your case to our team.