Can a attorney quit ? My attorneys firm quit for no reason, there is no court filings its been 5 months. Does the firm need a judges permission to quit or not? Ca.
What judge? No case had been filed. You can hire a new lawyer. The fact this one quit proabably means you don't have a case.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
I assume no lawsuit had been filed. That being the case, a lawfirm can withdraw from representation by sending a letter to you, and does not need court permission. So yes, an attorney can quit--it probably means the attorney does not believe you have a valid case. Go try to find other counsel to represent you.
An attorney does not need permission from the court unless your case has been filed in court.
An Attorney can usually decide to not continue in a case just like a client can decide to find another attorney to help with the case. If there is no lawsuit filed then the attorney will not have to request permission from a Judge to quit the case. I would urge you to contact another attorney to make sure you are not missing anything on the case that might need to be done soon. Also make sure you find a lawyer who works in the area and state that you need help.
No, as long as your attorney has not made an appearance in court for you, he does not need court permission to withdraw from your case. I suggest you seek new counsel.
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Since there has been no court filing, your attorney may quit. He should notify you as to when the statute of limitations runs, as you must find an attorney and file suit prior to that date, or else you will be barred from recovery. As long as suit has not been filed, the attorney would not need court permission to withdraw. You should find out why your attorney doesn't want to handle your case.
If no lawsuit has been filed, the attorney can generally withdraw. If you paid any money in advance, the attorney must refund any unused portion of that. Most importantly, ask the lawyer for a drop letter stating they are waiving any lien for fees. This will make it easier for you to find another lawyer.
Look at the Retainer agreement you signed with this lawyer. There is usually a clause that either party, that is you or the Firm , can decide not to continue with the case. If this Firm dropped you without an explanation, do you really want them to continue to represent you? You are entitled to a copy of your entire file. Call them, request your file then go shopping for another attorney.
I agree with these answers. Mostly likely your fee agreement gave you and the attorney the right to terminate the attorney-client relationship at any time. However, if the attorney leaves you right before the statute of limitations expires, he may be committing malpractice and/or ethical violations. Also, the attorney must have your consent or the court's consent to withdraw as counsel after a lawsuit is filed.
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