I am the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case. I have life-long injuries from the malpractice.
My trial date is next month. My lawyer mishandled the case since the beginning, and said he will most likely lose the case at trial. I reported him to the grievance commission for another issue, many months ago. I should have fired him long before now, but I was not able to get reliable legal advice from anyone because the lawyers and organizations I asked at that time, said they cannot give me legal advice, i.e. because I had a lawyer.
Can I get postponement for the trial date from the judge? Can I fire him now and explain to the judge what happened?
Retain new legal counsel first and then have the trial date postponed. Best of luck.
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You may be able to get a postponement in the case, however, that will be entirely within the discretion of the judge. If you are serious about finding a new attorney, you need to start calling law firms ASAP. The closer you get to trial, the less likely another attorney will be willing to step in for you.
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