My attorney withdrew from my civil case in Minnesota 2 months before trial because I don't have any money. I am the plaintiff and don't know what my options are. I could proceed on my own at trial but we all know what kind of mess that will be. What are some other options I may consider to conclude this case, since another attorney is not likely to take my case? Will the judge interfere and push for a settlement?
It depends on the type of case and the judge, but I doubt there will be any push to settle. Even if there is, the defense will push back because you do not have a lawyer. Start calling lawyers and see if one will take your case. Call the defense lawyer and ask if he/she will agree to a continuance while you find another lawyer. If you cannot come up with any money, try calling a legal funding company.
The obvious truth is that it takes two to settle however good and idea that is. The other side has given you any indication in the past of interest in settling the case start discussions now. You're right, it'll be a mess if you try to do this on your own
Many people sell a personal item to pay their attorney's fees. A motorcycle, second car, etc. - it's an unfortunate reality. A legal funding loan is another option but I caution you to be wary of predatory lenders. I am unsure what the nature of your case might be, but settlement is an option if the other side is willing to settle.
You say you are the plaintiff. If the case is worth pursuing, you really need to get a lawyer. Without one, you are more likely to lose the case and if you do, you run the risk of being liable for the defendant's court costs, jury fees (if applicable) or perhaps other expenses. You don't indicate whether there is a counterclaim. If there is, that is another very good reason to get a lawyer, even if you have to sell something, borrow the money or work out a payment plan with the lawyer. If you really can't get a lawyer, and perhaps even if you can, you should consider asking the court for a settlement conference or referring the case to a mediator, either court appointed or private. I don't know what the case is about but if your lawyer withdrew, that is probably a pretty good indicator that you should try to settle this case and make the best deal you can make. Of course, I'm a mediator so I admit I am biased towards mediation.
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