It is 100% up to your brother whether or not he settles. The firm cannot change the terms of the fee agreement. It sounds like your brother no longer wishes to deal with the firm, and might be uncomfortable talking with them about their threatened change of terms. I agree with the other comments about talking to the firm about his concerns. However, if your brother is uncomfortable doing this or if he does not like the results of that conversation, I would recommend calling either the local bar or the Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel. They will be able to listen to your brother's concerns and help him address them. As far as your brother's case goes, he might end up having to hire another law firm. Good Luck.
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Whether your brother decides to settle or not is up to him, not the lawyer. But before you go off and attempt legal action against the firm, I would recommend talking to the lawyers first to better understand their position.
Best of luck!
I agree with my colleague. It is your brother's right to settle and while the lawyer may WANT him to settle now rather than later (faster pay day with less potential work for the lawyer) he can't force him to do so. Now, have you read the contract with the lawyer? There may be some other out that you haven't seen. Your brother should contact the lawyer and ask why the change and what section of the fee agreement they are relying upon to get that result.
If the attorney just won't go forward, or your brother no longer has faith in the lawyer, he may want to contact the local bar association. Most have fee dispute assistance that might be able to help. Generally, people at the bar association are good people and it is unlikely that you should worry that they will side with the lawyer, just because he or she is a lawyer and so are they.
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