I am sorry to hear that your attorney is quitting. Without knowing the details of your case, it would be hard for anyone to advise you on what you need to do. It would be best to speak with another attorney right away to get some advice.
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This is a difficult question to answer without more information. Generally, you get what you pay for. I highly recommend doing some research and hiring a highly qualified attorney instead of going it alone.
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Not sure why your attorney is wanting to stop representing you however, I would strongly advise you to at least consult with another attorney regarding your case. You might also contact Legal aide in your area and see if they can assist you in this matter. Good Luck.
FYI, most attorneys don't do pro bono work, those that do take cases where significant legal issues are at stake, to avoid a miscarriage of justice, or where a significant public issue is at stake. None of those factors are present in your post, so you are unlikely to find a free lawyer.
Pro se litigants almost never get a handle on what they are doing in court until long after the trial is over—a paralegal won't be much help if you're facing a seasoned attorney. In the end, most pro se litigants think they got ripped off by the system---really it’s that they had no idea what they were doing and the bungled their own case.
Your best bet is new attorney.
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I would agree with my colleagues. Seek a new attorney. Good luck.
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Retain an attorney to fully represent you in your case. Many Pro Se litigants fall into the belief that they can retain an attorney to "advise" them on what to do, then the Pro Se litigant can "save money" by doing it themselves. Some may disagree, but I am of the mind that the attorney is either "in or out" on your representation. If an attorney is willing to agree to such fractured representation, they are likely "out."
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If your personal injury attorney stops representing you during the car accident litigation, then doing the case pro se is next to impossible. It takes an attorney years to learn all of the issues regarding the rules of evidence, substantive state law on the type of accident, trial practice, jury instructions, and etc... Some of those issues may come up during the trial. Call another attorney to handle your automobile accident case.
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