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You must remember, you (the client) are the master of your destiny. You want your lawyer to be in your corner and still be able to navigate the legal road that lays ahead. Let us talk about some reasons your lawyer should go.

1. The lawyer is never in his/her office and never can answer the phone

2. The lawyer doesn't call you each month to check in and provide you with the status of your case.

3. The lawyer wears tweed to frequently.

So you get the point, any reason will do. You can start to talk and interview other lawyers during this time but you will have to end the relationship. Don't take it to hard though, its commonplace that one firm gets a client and the next week that client leaves for a better-suited attorney.

Your new attorney will contact your counsel and make arrangements to get your file. They will also send what's called a "Substitution of Attorney Stipulation." Your new counsel will file a motion for Substitution which is usually a routine motion, and once granted, that's now your attorney. Dont forget you may still have a contractual obligation to pay your old attorney. If you have any retainer funds at the time of substitution, the attorneys will make arrangement for the transfer of this money to the new attorney's trust account.

Pick a lawyer you like, you trust, and is making progress with your claim, lawsuit, etc. and stick it out with them.

Or call our attorneys at (312)648-6115!

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