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Can I fire my lawyer and handle my probate estate claim myself, and how do I inform the court?

Asked by user in South Carolina.

I hired a lawyer to facilitate the probate process for my deceased uncles estate. I am the personal representative for the estate. To date, I have received inaccurate and misleading advice regarding my right to handle business within the estate. Additionally, my lawyer has inappropriately questioned my attempts to liquidate property of the estate. I would like to terminate the contract with my lawyer and proceed with the probate process myself. Am I required to secure another lawyer since my current lawyer started the probate process in the court? How can I inform the court of my desire to complete the probate process on my own?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

In the vast majority of cases, you are free to terminate the attorney-client relationship and proceed with the probate on your own. To do so, you need to have your lawyer file a motion to withdraw with the court.

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