I recently hired an attorney to assist me with a simple family case. I signed the contract and paid the retainer about 6 weeks ago and have not heard back from her since. I have attempted to email and call her firm several times to check on the status but my emails are not being responded to and the aides who answer give me the run around. I know she hasn't filed yet because I check the docket weekly. In addition, 3 days after we signed, she gets arrested for a domestic violence/DUI incident and is facing some serious charges. I called the firm the day I found out and the aide assured me that they can still take the case. I'm not so sure anymore and I'm wondering if this is grounds to terminate and try to get most of our money back.
You’re always free to terminate representation for any reason. The concern will be how much of the retainer they’ll refund. I wouldn’t expect much, based on how most firms operate, but you can request a full accounting and may be able to dispute charges that seem particularly unscrupulous. I’d encourage you to act quickly if you do want to terminate representation so that charges do not continue to accrue.
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