You always have the right to stop working with a lawyer: it’s your legal right. How you can fire them, what happens to fees, and how to hire a new lawyer will be gone over in this article. But first, are you sure you should fire your Camp for lawsuit?
Out of Their Control
There are two sides to this coin: your lawyer has made mistakes that are his fault, or your lawyer has not done anything wrong. One common complain in disability law is how fast the process goes. Denials are common, but not the end of the process for earning disability. In other words, it takes time to get benefits like Social Security Disability. Your lawyer has no control over how fast the system decides on your case.
In Their Control
There are things your lawyer can control. Missed calls, overcharging, being rude, not answering your questions, spending little if any actual time on your case – there are many more, but you get the point. So you can see, a lawyer can control certain things, namely how much they charge, how well they communicate with you, how well they treat you. If any of the above apply to you, it may be time to consult with some new legal representation.
You can fire your lawyer at any time, but you are still liable for any work fees accumulated up to that point. If your lawyer has been on the case several months, you still owe him or her that money, but nothing beyond it. When you decide to move on, simply tell your lawyer you no longer need his or her services. Keep it simple and quick. You also need to inform the Social Security Administration of your change in representation; keeping them up to date helps your case.
Hiring New Representation
You need a new Social Security lawyer, but you hired the wrong one once. Unfortunately, firing a lawyer can be a problem. Not in the actual firing, but in the hiring of your next one. Some lawyers try to avoid taking cases from another lawyer; they consider it almost like “case stealing.” There are other reasons, namely how much your case is worth. If you’re pretty far along in your case, the lawyer may make less money. On the other hand, many lawyers are more than willing to help a new client even after another lawyer is fired. It differs from person to person.
You will always find lawyers available, but hiring the right one can be daunting. After all, you didn’t do too good on the first try. And some may not want your case. If you run into legal problems, it usually only takes a few phone calls or emails to get new representation. This time, focus not on the price, but more on experience, availability, and how well you can work with your new lawyer. Disability benefits can change your life, and it’s more than worth it.