My father was a lawyer, he passed away. He had no partners, or associates, it was a small solo practice and he only had one paralegal. I am not an attorney, but I have friends that are. Can I assign the cases to them
It is always best for attorneys to make arrangements for this situation during their lifetime. I would recommend contacting the New Jersey State Bar and ask for a recommendation. If that is not helpful, you might consider having the paralegal contact all of the clients (including past clients) to notify them of the death, advise them who they can contact regarding their file and ask if they would prefer to transfer their file to an attorney of their choice or go with the attorney(s) you have in mind.
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The answer given was quite good, and I would also recommend contacting the New Jersey State Bar/ I would also notify the New Jersey Department that deals with clients rights and client protection. They will instruct you as to the proper channels to go through.
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I agree with the other responses, however, it is important to remember that the client chooses the attorney - not the other way around. Each client will need to decide who handles their case moving forward. If you know attorneys that you father would have recommended, you may recommend them to the client, but each client should retrieve their own file.
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