Fremont, CA asked in Civil Litigation for California

Q: If the plaintiff in a case decides to use an attorney, are they legally required to inform the court?

The plaintiff in my case has been ProPer since filing. At the deposition he brought an attorney who was directing the questioning. There is no attorney on record. Had I known the plaintiff had a lawyer I would have hired one for the deposition.

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Dan Rowan Cortright
Dan Rowan Cortright
  • Rohnert Park, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Yes, once a party representing themself hires an attorney, their attorney must file a Substitution of Attorney with the court and send that to all parties in the case. This party may have been sneaky and filed the Substitution with the court right before the deposition and claimed that it had not yet been served on you by the time of the depo.

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