If you are considering changing attorneys, we provide some useful information about hiring a Fort Worth injury lawyer to handle your case.
Generally speaking, you have the right to change lawyers at any time for any reason, or for no reason. However, if your attorney has not violated the contract and you do not have "good cause" for the termination, then your attorney has certain rights to his fee. Before you decide to terminate your attorney, we strong recommend that you meet personally with your attorney and try hard to work things out. You may be unhappy about your representation due to an honest misunderstanding. It could be that your attorney is willing to make certain changes in the way he/she is handling your case or dealing with you, to make the situation acceptable to you. If you and your attorney are still unable to work things out to your reasonable satisfaction, it may be time to consider changing attorneys.
We often "take over" the prosecution of a claim. We are almost always able to reach a friendly agreement with the initial attorney on a split of the fee so that it will not cost the client any additional attorney fee. If no agreement can be worked out, you may be able to get help from the Tarrant County Fee Arbitration Committee.
If you want to discuss your case with us, we would be willing to (1) evaluate your case to determine whether it is one we are willing to accept, and (2) give you our second opinion as to any issues at hand. Then, what you decide to do is up to you.
You have the right to seek a second opinion. For example, if your attorney (or his/her legal assistant) is recommending that you accept an offer of settlement on your claim that you feel strongly is too low under all the circumstances, you have the right to have another attorney do an evaluation of the value of your claim and give you a second opinion. It is not necessary for you to terminate your present attorney to seek a second opinion and you do not have to get your attorney's consents.
Chances are, the attorney you now have is qualified and competent in the field of law and his/her opinions on your case are good. However, your attorney may not feel qualified or have the financial resources to litigate and try your case, or your attorney may need to settle due to his/her own financial situation.
If you would like for us to give you a free second opinion, just call. We will discuss the claim with you generally, and if we think the offer may be unreasonably low, we will make you an appointment to meet with you to begin our evaluation. It only takes a few days for our attorneys to reach a second opinion after we have the information we need. There is no cost or obligation to you.
At our firm, we never forget who is boss. We know that we are working for our clients as their experts. On matters of strategy and negotiations, it is part of our job to give advise and recommendations. However, the client ultimately makes the final decisions. When our client tells us to accept an offer or go forward with the case, we feel obligated to follow our client's instructions as long as our client is making informed decisions. However, we will not follow our client's instructions if the act or omission would be illegal, unethical, or violate The Texas Lawyer's Creed.
The personal injury information offered and contained herein, regarding personal injury statutes and claimants' rights is general in scope. No attorney client relationship with our attorneys is hereby formed nor is the information herein intended as formal legal advice.