I am a pro se plaintiff in a legal malpractice case.
I am pro se because my attorney just quit.
The case is far along. It's in Maryland (Rockville).
I also have a family law expert witness to whom I have paid a great deal of money, but he is saying that he, too, is quitting, because my attorney has withdrawn from the case.
At the end, they were more advocates for each other (trying to get more money) than advocates for me.
Question 1: Is the family law expert witness (who has already issued a preliminary opinion that is favorable to me) allowed to bail on me at this point, after I have paid him a lot of money?
Is this breach of contract
Question 2: If the family law expert witness bails, can I still use his expert witness report at trial?
Question 3: If the family law expert witness in fact winds up bailing on me, am I allowed to designate a replacement? (There is a pre-trial conference on August 13, and the Track 4 trial is scheduled for December 6).
Question 4: If the family law expert refuses to be deposed by the opposing side (which has asked me to coordinate a date for deposition), will this hurt my case?
Question 5: As a pro se counsel, am I allowed to depose the opposing side?
Incidentally, I think I can remain pro se until the trial (discovery is almost completed), but have no intention of actually going to trial representing myself.
I will tip you fairly if you can answer my questions.