I can't continue to pay my private lawyer. Can she withdraw over my objections?

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I can't continue to pay my private lawyer. Can she withdraw over my objections?

Answer:

Professional rules in many states allow a lawyer to withdraw from a case if a client fails to pay the lawyer’s fees, or if continuing to represent the client causes financial hardship to the lawyer. However, before a judge permits a lawyer to withdraw from a case, the lawyer usually has to give sufficient advance warning to give the client time to hire a new attorney. And a judge might not permit the attorney to withdraw at all under these circumstances:

  • the attorney seeks to withdraw on the eve of trial
  • the attorney has put in so much work on a case that the client would be prejudiced by having to start all over with another lawyer, or
  • the client has already paid substantial legal fees to a lawyer and is financially unable to pay additional fees.

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