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Perhaps the easiest method of handling this would be to have the attorney draft a stipulation for his withdrawal. The document would be signed by both you and the attorney and then filed with the court with a copy sent to the opposing attorney. Once the judge signed off on the stipulation, thee attorney would be formally removed from the case.
As to any requests for discovery or admissions, that would need to wait until the attorney is formally removed from the case. As this typically takes a couple days, you would likely need to hold off for a day or two before proceeding.
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do i have to have the attorney file a motion for withdrawal or can I just terminate him and have the judge sign off on it? I really want him off my case immediately and want to get the things out as quick as possible. Would that take longer and how many days would opposing counsel have been notified after the termination.
A motion would only delay things, it would be quicker to have him sign off on a stipulation. As to the opposing attorney, he would be notified by receipt of his copy of the stipulation at the same time that it is filed.