It is not unusual for a client to hire an attorney to represent them in their divorce and related legal matters and then have concerns about whether they should change attorneys. One of the primary reasons for client dissatisfaction is the attorney’s failure to respond to the client’s phone calls, emails, or communications in a timely manner. Other reasons clients become dissatisfied with their attorney run the gamut from feeling like their case is not getting the attention it deserves to a lack of confidence in the attorney’s ability to effectively handle the substantive issues at hand.
It is possible to change attorneys during the divorce process, but how do you know if you should? Some factors to consider when assessing your attorney’s performance and ability include the following:
? Does your attorney have the proper degree of experience and skill to handle the legal
issues in your case?
? Does your attorney respond to your telephone calls, emails, or other communications in a
? Does your attorney keep you informed of the status of your case and give you adequate
notice of deadlines and other court events?
? Is your attorney prepared for court events and able to meet deadlines?
? Do you trust your attorney’s professional advice and judgment?
Economic considerations may also factor into your decision to change attorneys. You may have already paid your current attorney considerable sums or a nonrefundable retainer. Hiring a new attorney can increase your legal expenses, but it may be worth the investment if it can help you achieve a favorable outcome.
Changing attorneys during the divorce process can be a delicate matter. It is crucial that you promptly find another attorney who is willing to represent you, preferably before you terminate your relationship with your current attorney. If a lawsuit has been filed in your case, there are likely to be court events and other deadlines pending, and your new attorney will require time to obtain your file and become familiar with your case. You should also be aware that if a trial is scheduled in your case, and you decide to change attorneys immediately before trial, there is no guarantee the judge will grant you a continuance to allow your new attorney time to get up to speed.
If you’ve made the decision to change attorneys and are seeking new legal representation, Attorney Daphne Edwards can help. Ms. Edwards focuses her practice on family law and appeals, and she has the skills and experience necessary to handle your case from beginning to end, as well as in the event of an appeal. Regardless of whether you need representation in an emotionally charged child custody dispute, or in a complex divorce, Ms. Edwards and her staff will work with you to ensure a smooth transition.