I’ve never had a need for a lawyer, but I’ve always been fascinated by the profession. I think fascinated is the right word, since I’ve done more than just watch shows and movies about lawyers, I’ve done a decent bit of research into the actual profession itself. Now, I don’t want to claim that makes me a legal scholar. In fact, I’ve done very little research into the legal side of things. I find the law boring and complicated. (This is probably why I’ve made no effort, despite my fascination, to become a lawyer).
I find lawyers, though, very interesting. It’s such an important career in our society, and yet it’s one that we tend to only occasionally give much credit to. Think about this: could we have a financial system at all without lawyers? I don’t think so. And that doesn’t even begin to consider how important lawyers are to the legal system itself. Most people in Congress are also lawyers. Lawyers are the lynchpin of our whole society.
So, they’re fascinating, and I’m fascinated. Recently, I discovered an interesting fact about lawyers I want to share: you can fire them quite easily. I think most people assumed you could fire your lawyer, but I at least had always thought it would be a complicated, expensive process.
That’s not the case, at least when it comes to personal injury law. According to Hach & Rose, LLP, firing your lawyer is almost as simple as firing…anyone, really. They do recommend you have another lawyer already prepared to take over for you so there’s no downtime in your case, but otherwise, you can just get rid of your lawyer.
In fact, switching lawyers is free when it comes to personal injury cases. Because your lawyer only gets paid at the end of your case out of your settlement, you don’t owe anything more to anyone for making a switch.
Further, changing lawyers is fairly painless when it comes to your case as well. It won’t delay your case if you do it right (get a replacement first), and it has been shown to lead, at least sometimes, to better outcomes.
Why should you switch your lawyer? I guess you could do it just to be arbitrary, but it sounds like from that article I linked to that some lawyers can be stubborn on strategy or else pretty bad communicators. I suppose it must be fairly common for people to get frustrated by overworked lawyers that aren’t making a priority out of getting a good result for their case.
Anyway, I’d always wondered what happens when you get a lawyer who just isn’t up to the quality you expect. Obviously, someone with a lot of money could get rid of a lawyer, but I didn’t know just about anyone could pull it off. It’s nice to know the legal system—so famously complicated when it comes to just about anything—is nice and straightforward on that point at least.