Yes, you can. In Missouri, you generally have the right to change attorneys at any stage of your case.
There’s a common belief that once you hire a lawyer to represent you in an injury case, you cannot switch to a new lawyer unless you have serious reasons to do so. However, this is not true. You should not have to be stuck with a bad attorney. If your attorney fails to deliver as expected, you can make a switch. Here’s what you should know about changing car accident attorneys in Missouri.
Can You Switch Personal Injury Lawyers in Missouri?
Yes, you can. In Missouri, you generally have the right to change attorneys at any stage of your case. So, if your attorney fails to meet your needs, you are allowed to look for another one. However, here are few things you need to keep in mind when switching lawyers:
- Before you fire your current lawyer, you should have another lawyer lined up. This will prevent any delays in your case while searching for a new lawyer.
- If your new attorney accepts your case, ensure your files are transferred smoothly from your previous attorney.
- Sign a retainer agreement with your new lawyer as soon as possible. Under Missouri law, this document grants your new lawyer the authority to represent you.
When Is the Right Time to Switch Your Attorney?
You should consider switching your lawyer if:
- Your case is taking longer than anticipated, and you are not getting reasonable updates or explanations.
- Your attorney’s plan doesn’t seem to protect your interests.
- You don’t trust your lawyer.
- Your attorney doesn’t return your calls or emails.
Note: The timing of when to change your attorney has a significant impact on whether a new lawyer will want to take over your ongoing case. It’s, therefore, important to act upon the desire to switch earlier than later in the case. The transition will be much smoother and allow the new lawyer to catch up easily and best serve your interests.
Are There Consequences of Switching Your Attorney?
You generally will not suffer any consequences for changing your lawyer. Rule 4-1.16(c) of Missouri’s Rules of professional conduct protects you by holding your previous attorney to the highest standards of the attorney-client relationship. If the lawyer fails to uphold these standards, they could have their license revoked or suspended.
How to Find the Best Attorney for Your Case
Choosing the best attorney for your car accident case can seem like a daunting task. Hiring an inexperienced lawyer can jeopardize your case. You should be represented by someone who’s not only experienced but also reliable. At The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C., we have the experience and reliability to help you get what you deserve: quality representation and the compensation you are legally entitled to.
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