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Ely, If the Respondents attorney backs out before the final

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If the Respondents attorney backs out before the final hearing (It is alleged that there are issues of him not being paid) what is the likelihood of a forced continuance? Also, would this reset any rules/laws/events like Discovery, temp orders, or anything else?
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If the Respondents attorney backs out before the final hearing (It is alleged that there are issues of him not being paid) what is the likelihood of a forced continuance?

Chances are high for one, although the Judge likely would not grant another. If the attorney baked out at the last second, the Judge normally does grant a continuance to find another attorney, but not more than once (in general).

Also, would this reset any rules/laws/events like Discovery, temp orders, or anything else?

No - the deadlines should not be altered. Also, some attorneys feel that if they come on the case late, they can file a Motion for Leave to extend some deadlines, but the Judges often deny this! If an attorney signs on the case with a Notice of Appearance, they are telling the Court "I'm ready" and are presumed to be able to pick up where the other left of. Hence, Texas Judges seldom extend said deadlines in such situations, but of course, it is at the Court's discretion. And - the attorney has to ask, too, it is not 'automatic.'

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