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Can I Switch Attorneys in the Middle of My Divorce?

Hi Hindell,

My spouse and I have already filed for divorce. I currently have an attorney, but I am not happy with him. Can I switch attorneys in the middle of my divorce? How would I go about doing this?

Sincerely,

Worried in Wellesley

Yes, you can change attorneys before, during or after the divorce.  In fact, divorcing people tend to change attorneys more than other areas of the law.  Your relationship with your attorney must be one of trust, competence and responsiveness.  If you are not satisfied with the services you are receiving, you should first give your attorney the opportunity to improve, and then, if necessary, interview and find new counsel.  Once new counsel is identified and the terms of the new retention set, you should notify your former attorney in writing that you no longer require his/her services, that you have retained a new attorney, that you would like a final accounting of fees and the retainer, and that you would like your file transferred to your new counsel along with a Notice of Withdrawal, which gets filed in the Court.  Your new attorney will file a Notice of Appearance, notifying the Court and the opposing attorney that there is new counsel. 

Best wishes,

Hindell Grossman

Hindell has successfully negotiated, litigated and arbitrated hundreds of cases on behalf of her clients. Several of her successes have been published in Massachusetts Lawyer's Weekly and she has been featured in the Needham Tab, Boston Business Journal and the Boston Globe.

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