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Lawyer, making it difficult to dismiss him.

Sacramento, CA |

I have done everything I can to co-operate with my lawyer, and to dismiss him. Every time I send him an email, or go to his office, or drop off a sub of attorney, he makes it difficult to proceed with his dismissal, Even though he wants to be dismissed. I really don't want to talk with him, because he's very argumentative. Previously at appointments, I would be waiting in the office and I would hear him in confrontations with his clients. I don't want to face that commotion. I have a court case that is coming up very soon, and I will be representing myself, however, the mediation report will go to the lawyer if I don't dismiss him soon. How can I get him dismissed without his signature on the sub of attorney, and move on with my case.

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  1. It would be odd for an attorney to refuse to sign a substitution when requested by the client. Perhaps the best move is to employ another attorney as soon as you can and he/she will submit the substitution to the previous attorney and I would speculate it will be promptly signed and returned. In any regard, the new attorney will be able to deal with the issue at the next hearing.
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  2. In this point you need to send him a certified letter return receipt requested and attach an MC 050 form. Ask him to sign and return .. If he does not then you really need a lawyer to assist you with the issue ASAP

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