You don’t pursue a legal case to lose. That’s an obvious point, but it’s one that can be lost on some lawyers.
Every legal case presents its own challenges and complications. Although lawyers may handle numerous cases at once, each one requires individual attention and focus upon those distinct elements that make this case matter the most to someone.
But what do you do if your lawyer isn’t living up to your needs? Should you go through the hassle of replacing them or keep faith in their abilities?
There are many reasons to replace your lawyer. Here, briefly, are some of the major ones. If they apply to you, it’s probably time to consider substituting attorneys.
There’s a lack of communication between you and your lawyer
This is a common problem for lawyers who take on too many cases. Some lawyers are simply hungry to get to a settlement and keep as many cases coming in as possible. That attitude can be useful if you are just trying to get your case handled and moving, but it shows a lot of downsides when you get into the actual legal process.
Perhaps the most obvious downside is a lack of communication. While you may have been able to get an initial meeting and get your case going, you may struggle to get updates as often as you’d like. You may find your emails and calls unreturned. Legal cases can stretch for months, and if you aren’t getting as many updates and seeing as much progress as you’d like, it may be time to look elsewhere.
A difference in strategy
Some clients choose to simply trust their lawyer to know what’s best in their case. That may mean trusting your lawyer when it comes to settlements and other negotiations. If you aren’t a passive client, however, you may find you come to a serious disagreement with your lawyer when it comes to strategy. If you feel your lawyer isn’t taking your case in the right direction, look for one that will commit to the strategy you prefer.
A lack of interest or experience begins to show
Your lawyer needs to know the ins and outs of your case. That means not just the general timeline or all the pieces of evidence, but also the interests they are representing (i.e. your interests) and those they are combatting. A lawyer that is too busy may just lose interest and stop focusing on these crucial details.
Alternatively, the case may become too complicated for your lawyer. Since so many cases are simply settled these days, you may find that your lawyer has little or no trial experience, which would obviously be a major problem if your case happens to go to trial.
It is crucial that you trust your legal representation when it comes to your case. You should never feel like your case is just another case because, for you, it isn’t. If your lawyer isn’t communicating with you, has a difference of opinion and refuses to follow what you feel are your best interests, or simply lacks experience, it’s time to find someone who can represent you better.