Plymouth, MI asked in Legal Malpractice for Ohio

Q: Can I fire my lawyer even though I signed a contract? I was injured in a car accident called a lawyer he presented

Himself like he would be on it. 10 months has passed I've never met him. I have no idea what's going on with the case. When I call a paralegal answers. I feel something isn't right. I've waited 15 days for a return call just to be the paralegal again.

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Adam Michael Russell
Adam Michael Russell
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  • Covington, KY
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: The short answer is yes. You should be free to choose your attorney. Consult your fee agreement to see if it contains any terms addressing termination of the contract. Is some situations, the attorney may assert an interest in any future recovery for the case under the theory of "quantum meruit" based on the work already performed on your behalf. This is especially true if the attorney has done a lot of work and obtained an offer of settlement.

Matthew S Flemming
Matthew S Flemming
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  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Yes. But, talk to your lawyer. See what’s happening on his end. Your attorney had most likely been dealing with insurance companies, doctors, etc. express your concerns. Ask him to explain what’s going on, you may be happy with the answer. You may not.

Another important thing to consider, if your attorney has a contingency fee, he can assert a lien against your settlement for work done, which you’ll have to pay.

It’s important to speak to your lawyer. Ask them about the specifics before you ask the Internet about general rules.

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