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Can I Switch My Attorney In My New York Personal Injury Case?

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Answered by: Michael A. Rose

Hach & Rose, LLP
New York, NY
Phone: 646-741-3838
Fax: 212-779-0028

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Individuals are bombarded daily by legal social media ads, television commercials, radio spots, billboards and numerous other marketing efforts. When it becomes time to select the right attorney for their specific case, these people can feel overwhelmed by their options. Unfortunately, many individuals are ultimately unhappy with their selection and wish to make a switch after their case has started.

While a New York Personal Injury case might contain several layers of complexity, it is wise to act quickly if you feel you are not receiving the effective, dedicated legal attention your case deserves.

When Should I Change My Attorney?

A bit of folk wisdom applies to numerous situations – when you start to worry that there might be a problem, it is likely that a problem already exists. If you are concerned about your attorney, it might be wise to immediately act. Do you still see eye-to-eye with your lawyer regarding the core tenets of your case? Is your attorney replying to your calls or emails in a timely fashion? Do you feel like you are being left “in the dark” about the progress of your case? It is possible that you might need a new attorney – one with more experience or a different skillset.

How Do I Change My Attorney?

It is important that you not get frustrated and simply fire your attorney. It is wise to plan ahead and discuss your situation with your chosen replacement lawyer before you fire your current legal counsel. Firing your attorney prematurely can ultimately lead to missed deadlines and irreparable harm to your case. Further, your new attorney will handle the process of switching and any necessary paperwork without you having to worry about the transition.

How Much Will Changing My Attorney Cost?

Nothing. Personal injury cases in specific and Personal Injury cases in general are handled on a contingency basis. That means that your attorney is paid based on your recovery at the conclusion of the case. If you switch attorneys, there is no additional fee and no increased contingency percentage.

Will Switching Attorneys Hurt Or Delay My Case?

No, it will not. The danger you face is staying with an attorney who is unqualified or unequipped to represent your case properly. Although you might not hear about it that often, changing attorneys is a common practice. Your replacement lawyer will handle the transition for you in the most efficient, effective manner possible.

Discuss Your Situation With An Experienced Attorney

When you realize that your lawyer does not have your best interests in mind, the worst thing you can do is take no action. If your calls or emails are going unanswered, or if lack of communication has you feeling uncertain about the progress of your case, we encourage you to contact us immediately. At Hach & Rose, LLP, we have extensive experience guiding clients through the legal process of changing attorneys. Call us at 212-779-0057 to learn more about how we can help you.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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