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Hired atty & firm for criminal case several months, 1 atty offers to hv hearing to remove order of protectoin against me, then other atty threatens to withdraw firm from cases .This would cause financial burden to client, IS CLIENT ABLE TO MAKE APPLICATION TO the court to acsertain the legal counsel to perform the process they started? AM I SUPPOSE TO SUBMIT ANYTNG TO CT OR MAKE "APPLICATION"? It isnt on the retainer to "start" a process and drop client suddenly for no reason. In fact, the atty didnt notify client until "after" requesting the hearing now its in process. Explain legal recourse by client & if client can ask the court on his behalf to make application to deny the attorney of his withdraw request due to hardship &malpractice or what else?Retainer states complete till pretria

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  1. Have another criminal defense lawyer review the retainer agreement right away. Need the wording of the entire retainer to give advice.

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  2. Are you the defendant in a currently pending criminal case? If YES, your defense lawyer should be handling the order of protection issue. Discuss the matter with that attorney.

    I am a former federal and State prosecutor and now handle criminal defense and personal injury/civil rights cases. Feel free to check out my web site and contact me at (212) 577-9797 or via email at I was named to the Super Lawyers list as one of the top attorneys in New York for 2012. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers. The above answer is for informational purposes only and not meant as legal advice.

  3. Bring the fee agreement to a local attorney.

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