How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Law Educator, Esq. Your Own Question
Law Educator, Esq.
Law Educator, Esq., Attorney
Category: Legal
Satisfied Customers: 112668
Experience:  JA Mentor -Attorney Labor/employment, corporate, sports law, admiralty/maritime and civil rights law
10285032
Type Your Legal Question Here...
Law Educator, Esq. is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

I currently have a lawyer on my case and I am not satisfied

This answer was rated:

I currently have a lawyer on my case and I am not satisfied with his services I feel that he is not working hard on my defense since he is splitting the payment between him and his other lawyer friend. So far my medical expenses are 22k and he is only getting me 14k which will not help me at all. I don't want to pay out of pocket and I am scared I will end up paying out of pocket. What can I do?
Thank you for your question. I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking.

As you have hired the attorney, you have a right to fire him if he is not working for you. This termination of his services would also have to be in accordance with the terms of your contract for representation with him. This means that if he has done work for your case that he has yet to be paid for, he has right to seek payment from you or from any settlement you receive and he can place a lien on any settlement or judgment you receive. If you dispute the fees and the work done, you can take him to court for the fee dispute or you can go through the state bar and seek fee dispute mediation with the attorney OR your new attorney can negotiate a settlement with him for his work done.

Unfortunately, when anyone has done work on the promise of getting paid, even if they are subsequently terminated they have right in equity to payment under the legal theory of "quantum meruit" which means "for the work done" and they have to prove exactly what work was done to receive pay.



Thank you so much for using JustAnswer.com. I truly aim to please you as a customer, but please keep in mind that I do not know what you already know or don't know, or with what you need help, unless you tell me. If I did not answer the question you thought you were asking, please respond with the specific question you wanted answered. PLEASE use REPLY to EXPERT if you would like more information or if you feel something was not included in your answer.

Kindly remember the ONLY WAY experts receive any credit at all for spending time with customers is if you click on OK, GOOD or EXCELLENT SERVICE even though you have made a deposit or are a subscription customer. YOU MUST COMPLETE THE RATING FOR THE EXPERT TO XXXXX CREDIT, if not the site keeps your money on deposit.

Also remember, sometimes the law does not support what we want it to support, but that is not the fault of the person answering the question, so please be courteous.

Law Educator, Esq. and 2 other Legal Specialists are ready to help you