Writing a Simple Attorney Termination Letter (Free Samples)

An attorney termination letter notifies the attorney that he or she has been terminated from your case. The letter confirms the end of the attorney-client contract and summarizes the details.

Improperly Represented?

If you feel you were improperly represented, it’s in your best interest to hire a new attorney. Many people often feel their hired attorney doesn’t have their best interests at heart.

In order to officially and properly fire your attorney, you must write a formal letter. An attorney termination letter needs to be as straightforward as possible and can be sent by either certified or regular mail.

Formally Address The Attorney Termination Letter

Formally address the letter the same as you would any other standard letter by including your name, address, and the date along with the attorney’s name and address as well.

Because this is a formal letter, be sure to include a proper salutation and address them directly by name. Do not write ‘to whom it may concern’. Also, there should be a clear subject line in order to state why the letter is being sent.

Get Straight To The Point

For this particular kind of letter, get straight to the point in the first paragraph. Convey that you desire to fire the attorney and the reasons why. State the reasons why you feel the need to fire their organization without making excuses.

Also, the first paragraph should be used to thank them for the things they did for you, if any, on your behalf. If you do have a specific complaint with them, such as being overcharged, now is the time to point it out as well. 

If your attorney did something wrong concerning your case, it’s best to let them know so they can perhaps avoid making the same mistake in the future with another client.

If you’re not absolutely sure about terminating your attorney-client contract, it’s better to set up a meeting to discuss your concerns prior to writing a letter like this. 

Be sure you get expert advice as to what you really want to do since this type of letter is considered to be a final contract regarding the attorney-client relationship.

State The Reasons Why You’re Upset

In the second paragraph, clearly state what you think what went wrong. This type of letter is intended to be frank, but not spiteful or mean. 

If you have a significant issue that requires the attention of your local area Bar Association, address them and not your attorney. Don’t feel intimidated. Instead, just explain why you’re upset without dragging it out.

Get An Official Copy Of Your Legal Case File

In the third and final paragraph, thank the firm for their services in addition to the time they spent on your case. Be sure to request a copy of your case file as well. In fact, you have a legal right to receive all the paperwork that was performed on your case.

They will send it over to your new attorney upon your request. Also, include the address for the final billing along with where to send the invoices. Although you may be tempted to rant and rave, it’s better to maintain your composure and just get straight to the point.

Attorney Termination Letter Samples

Below are samples of an attorney termination letter. It should state the intent to terminate the attorney’s services effective immediately upon receipt of the letter. It should be sent by certified mail, to ensure a record of receipt. 

It can also order the attorney to stop any work in progress. It is not necessary to give a reason for the termination. If another law firm has been employed, the attorney can be requested to send all files to them.

Sample 1 - Attorney Termination Letter

Your Name
Name Of Business
Address Of Business
City, State, Zip Code


Attorney’s Name
Attorney’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Termination of Attorney Services

Dear Attorney’s Name:

It has become necessary for my business to employ a larger law firm. Since we have grown, it has become apparent that we need ethics compliance advice. I have been very satisfied with the service I received from you, and this termination of services is in no way an expression of dissatisfaction.

I have engaged Name of Law Firm to take over the compliance investigation process of my business and would appreciate it if you give all the information they require when they write to you within the next two weeks.

If you submit your final invoice at the end of this month as usual, I will pay it immediately. Thank you for all the assistance you provided while my business was just starting out. I wish you well in the future.


Your Name

Sample 2 - Attorney Termination Letter

Lisa Carney
1279 Oakbrook Drive.
Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068


Lori Silcott
20 N. Ohio Ave.
Wellston, Ohio 45692

RE: Termination of Attorney Services

Dear Ms. Silcott;

I would like to terminate the legal relationship that we have as I have obtained other counsel. 

I appreciate the long hours and hard work that has gone into this extensive custody case. As with many custody cases, they are long and drawn out and very costly.

When I retained your counsel, I paid $2,500. This money seemed to have gone very quickly and within two months I was required to add an additional $2,000 to my account.

You have been my attorney for more than eight months and to date I have spent around $7,000 and still have seen little progress. 

I have called the office many times to speak to you and instead speak to a paralegal. You never return my phones calls, your late to court and you seem completely unsolved in this case.

Due to my desire to protect my children and their current home life, I felt it necessary to obtain counsel that would fight for my desires. 

If you could be so kind, please send a copy of my file to Barrow Law Firm, 123 South High Street, Columbus, Ohio 43123. The final bill for you services can be sent to my address above.


Lisa A. Carney

Sample 3 - Attorney Termination Letter

Employer or Human Resources Person’s Name
Company’s Name
Company’s Address
City, State, Zip Code


Attorney’s Name
Attorney’s Address
City, State, Zip Code

RE: Termination of Attorney Services

Dear [Name of Attorney],

This letter is formal confirmation of our discussion today about your termination of services for this company. As mentioned in the meeting, two departments are combining and your services will no longer be required. It was also mentioned that your work for this company was excellent. The termination is effective immediately.

A release of claims document is enclosed for you to sign and return to me. Once you have done this, you will receive two weeks severance pay in accordance with our company policy for employees who have been with the company less than one year.

Along with your severance salary, you will receive any Paid Time Off that you have accrued. This will be available on our regular pay day at the reception desk. If you prefer, we can mail it to your home.

In another letter, you will receive information about the status of your benefits including your eligibility for Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (COBRA) continuation of group health coverage.

At the termination meeting you gave your security swipe card, office key and the company-owned laptop. If your contact information changes, you must update the company, so we can send you any information such as your W-2 form.

Please let me know if we can help you in any way during this transition period.


Signature of Human Resources Representative or Company Owner
Printed Name of Human Resources Representative or Company Owner

List Of Enclosures

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