I want to continue with my current lawyer because of his reputation but i feel i can get more out of him but Im not. im wondering if having a seond lawyer would be a good idea. Both working on the same case. How would you feel if i was your client and wanted more help? Thanks.
It never hurts to get a second opinion. It does hurt when you have too many captains trying to run the ship. If you hire a TEAM, that is one thing. If you hire a second attorney to watch the first attorney, that is quite another. An honest answer is if it were me and I was attorney number 1, I would tell you just to hire attorney number 2. If you trust attorney number 1, you don't need attorney number 2. If that is not the case, you need a new attorney anyway.
Its hard to say whether or not that is a good idea. Depending on the charges it might be a great idea. On the other hand if you hire a second lawyer and the two of them can't get along you may end up the loser in the long run. Every lawyer has their own way of doing things.
The best thing to do now is schedule an appointment with your lawyer and explain what you're thinking. Lawyers are busy and sometimes we don't take the time to explain why we are or are not doing certain things at certain times. Sometimes clients think certain projects need to be done in a certain time frame when that may not really be the case. Most lawyers are in this business because they really do want to help their clients. Sometimes the best thing for a client's case is to work tirelessly. There are other times when the best thing a lawyer can do is delay. The fact that your lawyer is not working as hard as you think he/she should be might be part of their strategy.
It sounds like what you really need is better communication with your lawyer. If you work on the communication and that doesn't fix the problem maybe then its time to start looking for a second lawyer or a new lawyer.
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It depends on the case and the lawyer. I have had co-counsel and second chairs on cases (I have also been second chair). Some cases it is helpful--like a very complex financial case or murder case. Some cases not--like a first time DUI or simple battery. Too many cooks in a small kitchen sort of thing.
Likewise, some attorneys I work well with. Others, I would prefer not to ever see again.
If a client of mine came to me and said he wanted to hire someone else to help on the case, I would have to know what case and what attorney before I could give a response.
Hope this helps.
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One ship cannot have two captains. If there are two lawyers, one will have to be in charge and the other will assist and it must be clear which is which. Otherwise you will have a mess, and possibly a fight, on your hands. If your present lawyer is going to remain chief counsel, then that is who should be the one to choose, or at least approve, the assistant. If you yourself are choosing the new chief counsel, be prepared for the possibility that your present attorney may wish to withdraw from the case.
Having two lawyers is not necessarily better than one, and is sometimes worse. Lawyers working a case together have to be able and willing to function as a team.
So far as I can tell from your posting, your reasons for wanting another attorney on board are not very well thought out. I would not push this without good reason if I were you. If you are not happy with your present attorney, find somebody else to do the case. Don't hang a commissar around his neck.
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