What to Expect After Sending an Attorney Termination Letter

Sending an attorney termination letter is an important decision that requires careful consideration. There are many reasons why you may choose to terminate your attorney-client relationship, such as a lack of communication, disagreement on strategy, or a breakdown in trust. 





Whatever the reason, it’s important to know what to expect after sending an attorney termination letter.

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Important to Understand

First, it’s important to understand that terminating your attorney-client relationship does not necessarily mean that your case will be over. You will still need to find a new attorney to represent you, and your previous attorney may need to take certain steps to withdraw from the case.

The first thing you should expect after sending an attorney termination letter is a response from your attorney. Your attorney may acknowledge receipt of the letter and provide instructions on how to proceed, such as how to obtain your case file or any other relevant information.

New Engagement Letter

Your attorney may also ask you to sign a new engagement letter with a different attorney, especially if your case is ongoing. If your case is still pending in court, your previous attorney may need to file a motion to withdraw from the case and obtain the court’s permission to do so.

Once you have found a new attorney, you should expect them to contact your previous attorney to obtain your case file and any other relevant information. 

Case File

Your previous attorney is required to provide your new attorney with your case file, which includes all documents, pleadings, and correspondence related to your case.

It’s important to note that your previous attorney is entitled to be compensated for the work they have done on your case up to the point of termination. 

You will need to review your fee agreement with your previous attorney to understand how fees will be calculated and whether any fees will be refunded.

Paid Any Fees in Advance?

If you have paid any fees in advance, your previous attorney should provide you with an itemized bill showing the work that has been done and the fees charged. Any fees that have not been earned should be refunded to you.

It’s also important to note that terminating your attorney-client relationship may have consequences for your case. Your new attorney will need time to review your case file and get up to speed on your case, which could delay the progress of your case.

In addition, your previous attorney may have valuable insights and knowledge about your case that your new attorney may not have. 

Discuss Any Concerns

It’s important to discuss any concerns or issues with your new attorney to ensure that they are fully informed and prepared to represent you effectively.

In summary, terminating your attorney-client relationship is a significant decision that requires careful consideration. You should expect a response from your attorney, the need to find a new attorney, and potential consequences for your case. 

It’s important to review your fee agreement with your previous attorney, obtain your case file, and discuss any concerns with your new attorney to ensure that you are fully informed and prepared to move forward with your case.