It’s not uncommon for people to become frustrated or dissatisfied with their divorce or family law attorney as their cases progress. Some very common complaints are: my divorce is taking too long, my attorney never calls me back, or my divorce is too expensive. Often, the client feels helpless, like the attorney holds all the cards. This is simply not true. As the client, you’re the boss. This is your life, and you should feel confident that your attorney is working hard for you and listening to your needs and concerns. Here are some tips for what to do when you are unhappy with your attorney:
First, you should attempt to discuss the problem with your current divorce or family law attorney. Sometimes, the issue is beyond the attorney’s control. A divorce may be taking a long time because the other attorney, other party, or even the court is causing the delay. The opposing attorney may be refusing to respond to requests for information or a settlement proposal. The court’s docket may be too full to get a hearing date. Your attorney may not have been able to respond to your calls because he or she was in trial or on vacation. Frequently, a simple conversation will resolve the issue and restore your confidence in your attorney.
If, after talking with your attorney, you still feel like your attorney does not have your best interest in mind, you should consider meeting with other divorce or family law attorneys to see if a different attorney would be a better fit for you. There is absolutely nothing wrong with doing this. You should feel 100% comfortable with your attorney. If you don’t, get a second opinion. Remember, you are the boss, and you can change attorneys at any time, especially if it will not delay your divorce case.
At The Law Office of Jamie Mitchell, LLC, we are always happy to meet with people who don’t feel comfortable with their current divorce or family law attorney. Our attorneys will meet with you for a consultation to discuss the issues in your case, explain to you how our office would handle your case, and give you an estimate of the total cost for completion. If you decide to hire our firm, we will take care of notifying your prior attorney, obtain your file, and any remaining retainer funds.
If you are feeling frustrated or unhappy with your divorce or family law attorney, please give us a call to schedule a consultation. We are happy to help.