Q: What are my rights on firing my current lawyer in the middle of a probate case
A: In Arizona you can discharge your lawyer at any time-with or without cause. Once discharged, your lawyer will withdraw as counsel and you will be responsible for handling all pending matters in your probate case. This can be difficult under some circumstances. I recommend consulting with another probate attorney to find out how this might work under the circumstances of your case before you make any decision.
A: I would only add to Peter Westby's answer, which I agree with, that you should be aware that you or more likely the estate might be liable for the attorneys legal fees up to the point of termination. Your engagement agreement might control that.
Ilene L McCauley agrees with this answer
I would also recommend that you make an objective, rather than emotional decision here.
Probate, like divorce, raises many emotions which can change your decisions. I recommend that you consult with another attorney, before your decision is final. I also want to add that when you hire a new attorney in the middle of a case, you will probably pay the new attorney to get up to speed on this matter.
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