There are some people we expect in life not to get on the phone. Unless you’re pretty powerful and important, you probably can’t get the president on the phone. You couldn’t get a direct line to the CEO of a company that has delivered you an unsatisfying product. Usually, when you call to complain or deal with medical issues, you can’t get above the person at the call desk. Sometimes, you can’t even get the automated message with its unending request for information visa “press 1 now” questions.
However, there are those who should answer the phone when you call. Your family, your friends…and your lawyer.
And yet, stunningly, it’s often the case that lawyers won’t come to the phone. Of course, you can’t exactly expect them to drop everything to take your call right at the moment you make it. Lawyers are busy and manage numerous cases, and unless you are one of that high-power, very important people mentioned above, you probably can’t get your lawyer to drop everything just to attend to your questions.
However, if you have to go more than a day or two without getting a response, something is wrong. Your lawyer should be able to get back to you in a timely manner, and if they don’t, it shows a questionable level of commitment to you and your case. After all, if your lawyer can’t be bothered to keep you informed and keep the lines of communication open, just how little effort are they putting into representing you?
That may sound like a nightmare and unrealistic scenario, and yet, there are plenty of examples of lawyers taking cases and becoming extremely difficult to reach. While your case isn’t their only case, it is probably the only one you’ll ever have. It’s important to you, sometimes deadly important, and the lack of interest from your lawyer in keeping you informed can be at very least stressful, and is probably quite concerning.
Thankfully, it’s easy to know what to do if you are in this situation yourself at some point: you can actually fire your lawyer fairly easily, without further costs and without delays in your case. The only thing you have to be concerned about is making sure you have a lawyer lined up already to replace the one you are removing. That way, the transition will be seamless.
Getting a lawyer who is willing and able to take care of you and your case, it turns out, is much easier than you might have expected. The trick is really just doing the research to make sure your next lawyer will take care of you better than the one you have.
If you happen to be in a situation where you are considering new legal representation learn more about the process on this site, and hopefully, your next lawyer will be better at picking up the phone. A committed lawyer can make all the difference in your case, and you should be confident you have a lawyer who can do the most to get you the result you believe you deserve.