Yes you will not pay twice. They can work it out. You are free to change if you want but you should discuss it with the lawyer you wAnt to use
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The way this generally works with contingency fee agreements is that you are terminating the representation of the original firm and you are entering into a new contingency fee agreement with the individual lawyer. You have an absolute right to terminate your current representation, however you may be responsible to the original firm to compensate it for services already provided under principles of quantum meruit or unjust enrichment. The individual lawyer would still be entitled to the contingency fee provided for in your new retainer agreement without sharing it with the old firm. Indeed, fee spiting is prohibited by the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct.
Since this is a situation where you are following a lawyer in leaving a firm, you may be able to ask the lawyer to draft the retainer agreement in such a was as to deduct his contingency fee by however much you owe the old law firm. Just an idea.
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Both of my esteemed colleagues are absolutely correct. The earlier on that you change counsel the better. You need an attorney that you feel comfortable with and who you can work with as a team. If the other attorneys seem impersonal, definitely change at once and the new and old attorneys can work out how any payments received from the Defendant are shared.
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All of the above answers are correct. You have the right to terminate representation at any point. As mentioned above, you will not pay twice and if you have a contingency fee agreement the original attorney will be entitled to the reasonable cost of services rendered so far, but the two attorneys will be the ones working out payment.Ask a similar question
You can change at any time. Avvo has a terrific "find a lawyer" tool to find a top-rated Avvo attorney with a low contingency fee. Good luck.Ask a similar question
The attorney who left that firm should be able to explain precisely what will happen and what firm will claim what if you decide to terminate the "old" firm and sign a new agreement with the lawyer's "new" firm. Have him explain it all to you.Ask a similar question
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