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Can I fire my lawyer?

Posted by Christopher Holwell | Nov 03, 2017 | 0 Comments

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!

About the Author

Christopher Holwell

Christopher W. Holwell Attorney/Principal 6 years with Holwell Group, LLC/Law Offices of Christopher W. Holwell 15 years as a trial attorney for Divorce, Real Estate, Insurance Coverage, and Injury. One of my biggest accomplishments in a divorce case was getting a multi-million dollar settlement from a spouse that was not disclosing several million dollars in assets. In addition, I was able to get the other spouse to fully fund the one child's college education as part of the settlement. Another of my biggest accomplishments in an injury case was procuring a several hundred thousand dollar settlement for my 14-year-old client who suffered a knee injury during an after school athletic program. I was able to get all interested parties to set aside funds for the client's college fund in case his athletic scholarship was affected. I am constantly attending Continuing Legal Education seminars to stay up to date on any changes in the law that might affect any of my clients. My primary areas of practice are Divorce, Family Law, Real Estate, and Insurance Litigation. Most of my clients are concerned with what to do or what not to do when the first come to see me for a consultation or appointment. Their next concern is usually financial; what are they going to do now? How are they going to survive? I tell each client, based on their unique situation, what their options are and what will happen next. I am there for them from start to finish. The best part of my job is doing the work the client is too upset to do. While I understand the emotional roller-coaster clients go through, my experience allows me to step outside the emotion point of view, and use the law and facts to benefit my clients to the best of my ability. I was born in Oak Lawn, Illinois, was raised in Bridgeview up until college and now live in Lake County, Illinois with my family (my wife and three children.) I still have family in Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, and Orland Park. A little-known fact about me is that I love astronomy and anything to do with the stars and planets. In my free time, I tend to read a lot, usually late at night and play with my children and new Newfoundland puppy, Indy (Indiana Jones) I am admitted to practice law in Illinois and all Federal Courts including the Supreme Court of the Untied States of America. I treat my clients like friends. You can reach me at: (312) 648-6115 [email protected] [email protected] Linkedin: Christopher W. Holwell Facebook: Holwell Law Group, LLC


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