Yes. You are responsible for the consequences of your case, not the lawyer, so it is important that you have faith and confidence in your lawyer. If you are not happy with your lawyer’s work, tell the lawyer exactly what is bothering you and give the lawyer a chance to fix the problem; or, you may fire your lawyer.However, discharging a lawyer and hiring a new one does have certain consequences.
First, the lawyer that you fired usually is entitled to be paid for work already done. If you have been paying your lawyer all along, and you are current, this may not be a problem. However, if your lawyer had been working on a contingency fee basis, you may be required to pay the lawyer’s hourly rate for time spent on your case, plus any costs and expenses.
Second, there are extra costs associated with hiring a new lawyer. If you hire a new lawyer in the middle of a case, that lawyer will spend time becoming familiar with it. Some of the work you already paid for may have to be done again at additional cost to you.
In some instances, it may not be possible to switch lawyers because the case has advanced too far in the court system. The judge handling the case may not permit your lawyer to withdraw from your case because of previously scheduled court dates. Therefore, if you want to change lawyers, do it as quickly as possible. Firing your lawyer may not be easy and it may be expensive, but it may be the right thing for you.