If you are unhappy with the service your bankruptcy attorney is providing, you can replace him or her at any time. Read on to learn more about why you may need to replace your lawyer and what to look for when hiring a new one.
Debtors hire bankruptcy lawyers to advise and guide them through the bankruptcy system. Just like other types of professionals, bankruptcy attorneys provide a service in exchange for a fee. If you are unhappy with the service, you can fire your attorney. (Learn more about whether you should fire your bankruptcy attorney.)
Replacing your attorney during bankruptcy may:
For these reasons, replacing your bankruptcy attorney should be a last resort. Typically, if you have a problem with your bankruptcy lawyer, you can resolve the issue by talking to him or her about it. But in some circumstances, the best thing to do is to fire and replace your lawyer.
In general, you may want to replace your bankruptcy attorney if he or she:
Bankruptcy is a specialized area of the law. Not all attorneys have the skill and expertise necessary to guide you through the bankruptcy process. If you want to replace your current lawyer, make sure to hire a knowledgeable and competent bankruptcy attorney who can handle your case.
When hiring a new bankruptcy attorney, you should make sure that he or she:
(Learn more about what to look for in a bankruptcy attorney.)
There are many resources available to you when looking for a new attorney. In many cases, you can find a competent bankruptcy lawyer through:
(Learn more about how to find a good bankruptcy lawyer.)
When you hired your bankruptcy attorney, you probably had to pay a certain amount of fees to retain him or her. If you replace your attorney, what happens to the fees you already paid?
There is no easy answer to this question. In some cases, it can be difficult to get the attorney to refund some or all of your fees. But in general, a lawyer can’t keep fees that are unearned, excessive, or unreasonable.
Whether or not you are entitled to a refund of your fees will typically depend on:
(Learn more about what happens to your fees if you fire your bankruptcy lawyer.)