I filed for divorce over a year ago, and have yet to go to trial (complex divorce). My first attorney lied to me about why trial was cancelled and never kept me informed. I changed lawyers and my new attorney (for the second time) has not returned my phone-calls or responded to emails in over 2 weeks. I've paid the retainer and do not pester and only call/email with important questions.
I would suggest trying very hard to work with your new attorney. Not because there is any rule that prohibits you from hiring a third or fourth attorney, but from the practical standpoint that it will become more difficult for you to find another attorney if you have a history of having replaced many attorneys. Still, if this one is not working out, don't jeopardize your representation just to stay with someone you do not trust and cannot communicate with.
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You may change attorneys as many times as you want. However, each will result in delay and expense. It is all up to you
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I agree with Mr. Ferrington's response.
Changing attorneys will result in more costs and possibly more delays. If the communication issue is such that you have no confidence in your present attorney and you do not feel that relationship can be salvaged, then you should retain a different attorney. However, your troubles with your attorneys are not a basis for continually delaying the trial.
If you choose to retain a different attorney, I would suggest that any new attorney that you are considering retaining be alerted to your concerns and troubles with your previous attorneys and you get comfortable with what both you and your new attorney expect from the relationship.
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