A civil case in Florida circuit court that was stayed is then "closed" on a Judge's order that states the case may be re-opened at a later date. Under Florida rules, when a case is closed, does the case then need to be "re-opened" in order for a new attorney to properly file a notice for substitution of counsel (i.e. that notice being the only such filing, and no other filings) or can such notice be filed without a re-opening of the case?
call the clerk's office. In Saint Lucie county where I'm based, you pay the clerk 50 dollars to re-open a case when you file a motion after the case has been closed. It may be different in Orange county where you are.
Your new lawyer will know the answer, or you can call the clerk as this is a ministerial question.
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The new attorney will know the proper way to proceed, but don't waste time. Good luck.
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