How to fire divorce Lawyer


Dear madeleine:

Greetings. Wow. I am so sorry to hear about this situation. It takes all attorneys down a notch when one of them does something like this. Just know, that there are good attorneys out there that return phone calls in a timely manner.

Yes, you are entitled to the unused funds in his escrow account. I would go to his office, with a written letter releasing him as your counsel of record, willing to sign a consent to withdraw, and wait for a check getting your funds back.

Hire another attorney immediately, even before you fire him, and that person can help you get your remaining funds returned and let them know that you have chosen alternate legal counsel. Thank you and good luck. (Give us a call if you are in Wake or Mecklenburg County).

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
919.787.6668 main phone
919.256.1665 direct fax

10925 David Taylor Drive, Suite 100
Charlotte, North Carolina 28262
704.644.2831 main voice
704.307.4595 main fax


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Good evening, and thank you for your advice.
I tried to called my divorce Lawyer. My ex was served by the sheriff over one year ago, and I wanted to see what happens next. (I want to finalized this). Anyway, I left a message with his paralegal, she got back to me and said she would let me know after talking to the lawyer. That was two weeks ago. He has a history of not returning calls. I have approx $900.00 in the escrow acct. from 4,000. 1. can I get this money back? 2. can he ethically and legally take my ex on as a client? 3. How do I fire him, and find someone who will communicate in a timely way?