In Massachusetts I understand that I cannot just fire my divorce lawyer, that the family court judge must approve? And the law firm can then charge me the fee for a court date? Is this true that the law firm I want to fire gets me to pay for cutting them loose?
2 Answers from Attorneys
You can fire a lawyer almost at anytime. Usually if you file your own appearance or get another lawyer, it is easier. Yes, the lawyer can charge you.
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Before an attorney can withdraw from a case, they will either need 1) permission from the court by way of a motion and hearing, or 2) the appearance of a new attorney.
If you hire new counsel, they can substitute their appearance and save the need for the court to permit a withdrawal.