In Soviet Russia…Lawyer Fires You?

In Soviet Russia

Can your lawyer fire you? Some people don’t realize it, but a lawyer absolutely can fire a client. When you become a client, you usually have to sign some sort of agreement or retainer letter. It outlines the responsibilities of the lawyer to you, and of you toward your lawyer. Mostly, the requirements are that you follow the lawyer’s advice, pay the bills on time, and return phone calls and provide information the lawyers needs to do his/her job. When a client cannot do so, the lawyer can sometimes have no other choice but to file a “Motion to Be Relieved As Counsel” and, in effect, fire the client.

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