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Can Lawyer Drop Client


The lawyer handling my case told me in the beginning, that if I dont like the settlement offer, we will goto trial.

However, now that I already hired him and its been 2 years, we are at the settlement stage and the lawyer is telling me if I dont agree with the settlement he likes, then I should find another lawyer.

The Question: Can my lawyer legally drop me for this? And is the lawyer allowed to say, ''If you dont like their settlement offer, then we will goto bat for you'' and 2 years into the case, find out it was a total lie.

Thanks so much

Asked on 11/01/07, 8:46 am

1 Answer from Attorneys

Anthony Colleluori The Law Offices of Anthony J. Colleluori & Associates PLLC

Re: Can Lawyer Drop Client

This is an ethical nightmare for the lawyer. Honestly would you want him now that he has told you to go elsewhere?

Seek out a new lawyer and tell this guy that if he doesn't want to try the case he should release his lien on the file so you can get a new lawyer.

Good luck.

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Answered on 11/08/07, 12:25 am

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