Updated: Nov 29
Legal-Eagles have had to deal with a few lawyers who have bad bedside manners. In fact, we recently dealt with a case where our clients lawyer was so antagonistic towards his client we recommended the client pick another lawyer.
Most of the time bad bedside manners alone is not enough to have a lawyer dismissed from your case if said lawyer was appointed by the court. The client has to allege something more. Not answering requests for information, lack of diligence in preparing for a case, or not keeping the client abreast of significant events in the case would suffice.
On the other hand, an attorney can fire a client for any or no reason at all. A classic example would be irretrievable breakdown in attorney-client relationship that makes further representation impossible.
We often recommend the client document all the significant reasons his lawyer has not fulfilled his duty to zealously represent him.
RPC 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority between client and lawyer states: a. A lawyer shall abide by a client's decisions concerning the scope and objectives of representation.
We have found that often times attorneys don't necessarily adhere to this rule. Especially if they are appointed by the court. Court appointed attorneys and public defenders often sign a contract with the county for a monthly fee to represent indigent inmates.
Here at Legal-Eagles we hold nothing more important than loyalty to our clients.
We seek justice for every client.