What you work out between you and your lawyer is between you and him/her. There's no hard and fast rule, but most written contracts explain what you have to do before the attorney will file an appearance.Ask a similar question
If your attorney withdrew recently most courts will give you 21 days to find a new one. However, the court has a lot of discretion.
Your fee arrangement is totally between you and your attorney. Most attorneys are wary of people that burn through multiple attorneys.
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Usually, retainer's arrangements are solely between the client and the retained attorney. Also, you are correct that you may, at your election , to retain another counsel who, in your opinion, may represent your interests better. When you are in court, you may state your necessity to have additional time to retain a new counsel and the court usually permits additional time to do so.
I agree with the prior counsel, than anyone going through several attorneys in a fast clip may raise a red flag as a potentially problematic client.
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