The attorney assigned to my case recently left the firm. I was not advised by the owner this had occurred, until the lawyer working with me called me after the fact. I paid the firm a flat fee, to provide representation through an evidentiary hearing. After 3 previous status conferences, the judge has refused to provide a trial date and instead has scheduled a fourth status conference in march. The firms owner has allowed the attorney to prep for & ccompany me to all the previous conferences, Now that he's no longer an employee, the owner has advised me through an email, that I will need to pay additional fees if I want representation at the March conference or gave me the option to represent myself that day. Judge has already written a minute entry months ago, stating I am not allowed to represent myself at any court proceedings (which happened last year, due to an emergency OOP when my assigned attorney was out of town) the owner says the attorney is legally obligated to continue representing me, but is refusing to provide me a partial refund so he can continue with my case or to allow me the ability to seek alternate representation. what are my options?
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