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Can I change car accident lawyers?

Asked by user in California.

I was a passenger in a car accident that was the other driver's fault because they ran a red light. I signed up with a law firm, but am not happy with their services.

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

You always have the right to change attorneys (except in rare cases when you are about to start a trial). To fire your current attorney, send the attorney a letter notifying them that you would like to terminate the attorney-client relationship.

Keep in mind that there are certain consequences to firing an attorney. Most importantly, the lawyer you fire is likely entitled to be paid for the work they have already done. If the lawyer was working on a contingency basis, you may be required to pay the lawyer's hourly rate depending on the terms of the attorney-client contract you signed.

Before you fire your current attorney, however, we recommend first finding another attorney who is prepared to help take on your case and facilitate the transfer of your case from your old attorney.

Here are some tips on finding a personal injury attorney in California.

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