I recently paid a minimum rentention fee and signed a retention agreement with an attorney, but I'm having some regrets. This attorney doesn't seem concerned about anything, but money. It's hard to even get in contact with him to follow up on what he's doing with my case. He's not even asking for much information from me so I don't even know how he's supposed to represent me. This is pretty upsetting.
This would depend on the terms of the fee agreement and the amount of work the lawyer has done already.
First, use fax or mail to let him or her know your concerns. Many attorneys are lax in returning phone calls. (Unfortunaty.) This may not mean they are ignoring your case.
But, yes, you can fire them, and get your file. Just remember, they probably did do some work.
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You can fire your lawyer at any time for any reason or no reason at all. Be sure to put it in writing and have it delivered in a way that gives you confirmation receipt (hand delivery, certified mail, fax, etc.).
But it is not at all clear that your lawyer is doing anything wrong. Litigation is a long, drawn-out process, and some lawyers (myself included) do not schedule regular hand-holding calls or meetings just to tell the client that nothing is happening. Instead of being upset, why not schedule a phone call or a meeting with your lawyer to discuss what's going on, what you can reasonably expect to happen, and the anticipated time frame for those events?
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