I have been waiting on a lawsuit to close since 10/2008 from an auto accident. I dont have good communication with the firm that is handling the case and it seems that I am chasing them down just to get an update on my case. Can I, at anytime, withdraw from being a client with the attorney and deal with the insurance company directly without penalty from the attorney's office?
2 Answers from Attorneys
NO..ATTORNEYS HAVE A LIEN..IF A LAWSUIT HAD TO BE FILED, IT COULD TAKE A LONG TIME..U CAN CALL THE STATE BAR WHICH MAY CONTACT THE ATTORNEY TO GIVE U AN UPDATE..BUT WHEN INSURERS DON'T PAY A FAIR PRICE, A LAWSUIT IS FILED AND CAN TAKE A LONG TIME
Probably not. When you signed your contract, you gave 40% of your case to the firm prosecuting it. If they are doing their job, then you don't have "cause" to fire them. Many times, cases are being worked on behind the scenes without your input. It doesn't meant that nothing has been done. Other times, the insurance company will purposefully delay cases, in order to put pressure on a plaintiff to settle, or to drive a wedge between the plaintiff and the lawyer. My suggestion is that you make an appointment to speak with the lawyer in person to address your concerns.