So what if you have this legal problem, and you’ve bitten the bullet and you’ve gone and found a lawyer, and then it ends up that you can’t work with the lawyer you’ve chosen? They’re the wrong lawyer for you.
You’re getting advice that you perhaps don’t want to hear, or they’re employing a strategy that you don’t agree with. What if you end up with the wrong lawyer?
It’s obviously preferable to have the right lawyer from the beginning. I’m running the course How to Find and Hire the Right Lawyer. But if you have the wrong lawyer and you head down a particular path, it’s better to realise earlier rather than later that the relationship is not working and that you need to change.
So generally what happens is that you have to pay them up to where the work is done and they won’t transfer the file unless you have paid them.
So you can start looking for another lawyer, start testing a few out. Use the process that I suggest in How to Find and Hire the Right Lawyer. I do have a free list of questions that you can download as well to ask a lawyer, which will help you determine whether you want to hire them or not. So start looking around, have some initial appointments, narrow it down.
See if the new lawyers you’re testing will take your matter on, and take it as a transfer. Some lawyers don’t like taking a transfer from another lawyer if the matter’s already started, but some will.
Find the right one, and have the matter transferred over.
The whole file won’t transfer until you’ve paid. If you have a dispute about the fees, deal with the dispute later. Pay, and get the file across so that you can at least get your primary matter dealt with by the new lawyer.
After you’ve got your new lawyer that you’re more happy with, that you can work with, then you can deal with any other issues arising from the old lawyer later.