The lawyer's wife has terminal cancer. I am sorry about that, I really am. But I need legal advice about selling Mom's home and what finances of hers I should use first. Can I fire him?
You can always terminate a relationship with an attorney.
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In addition, make sure to review the terms of the POA to confirm the scope of your authority.
This is a tricky ethical area, but the short answer is "probably." If the lawyer is not actively under contract to do a specific type of work, you can just hire someone else to assist you with your mother's affairs and pay him or her from your mother's funds. If the lawyer is actively engaged, there can occasionally be situations where the attorney's duties of loyalty and confidentiality to your mother will require that he complete the work even against your wishes, namely where your own personal interests are involved and would be improved by the change of representation. It is rare, but if the lawyer is required to complete the work he started he is also entitled to be paid the agreed- to rate, unless that fee is unreasonable.
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Certainly. Absolutely. Unquestionably. Lawyers are like any contractor. If you don't like the way your kitchen renovation is coming out, fire the contractor. Check your fee/engagement letter for any notice provisions, etc. Demand your file (he can keep a copy), demand his time records, document your calls, letters, and emails. Even get copies of your cell, phone, email records. I find when some lawyer ignores your file and you fire him, you'll be sued for back fees.
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