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You certainly have legitimate reasons to terminate your lawyer. You may terminate your current lawyer by simply sending him a letter notifying that you are terminating his representation effective immediately, and requesting that he have your file ready at the front desk for you to pick up. you will have to pay any balance owed to him in order to get your file. The lawyer will then withdraw his appearance from the case.
The best way to find a lawyer that is good is to ask friends and business aquantences who have used a lawyer in the past with whom they were please with his or her work ethic. A referral from past experience is the best source.
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So far, the only work my attorney did is to file the first lawsuit. I was told it was a maximum 8 hours work. He took more than a month. Since we haven't sign any attorney client agreement when he started working on my case, if he charges more than reasonable, will he hold my file before he get paid in full? Do I need to tell the court that I have terminated attorney relationship?
He could try to hold your file until you pay his bill, but as a practical matter, there may not be anything in his file that you need. You may have copies of any paperwork you gave him, and you can get copies of any pleadings from the court file. If that is the case, you can just send the lawyer a letter advising that his representation is terminated, and send a copy of that letter to the court.
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Should I tell court the name of new attorney if I get one? I just need to notify the court that I terminate the attorney/client relationship with the previous attorney.
If you hire a new attorney, that attorney will file an entry of appearance with the court.
If you engage a new attorney, that attorney will file an entry of appearance with the court.
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