My Attorney Told Me to Find Another Attorney – That He/She Doesn’t Want to Represnt Me Anymore! What did I do wrong?

04 Aug My Attorney Told Me to Find Another Attorney – That He/She Doesn’t Want to Represnt Me Anymore! What did I do wrong?

It could be something as innocent as the attorney learns he/she has a conflict of interest. For instance, Husband and Wife file a joint case and after the filing decide to file for a divorce. The attorney has a conflict of interest.

Other reasons could be, you weren’t being honest with your attorney, you didn’t tell your attorney everything, you left something out because you didn’t want to include the debt or property in the bankruptcy, or you were not cooperating with your attorney. Cooperation includes returning your attorney’s phone calls, getting back with your attorney promptly, going to court when required, attending your Meeting of Creditors, etc. Another possibility is your attorney gets a “sense” you are playing games or you are trying to abuse the system. Whatever the reason, you should immediately seek new counsel and be totally upfront with the new attorney. An attorney can’t represent you properly if you do not provide FULL DISCLOSURE. Remember, there is attorney-client privilege.  Meanwhile, your current attorney can only file a Motion to Withdraw from your case and it is up to the court to let the attorney to withdraw. Your current attorney remains your attorney UNTIL either a new attorney substitutes into your case or the Court allows your attorney to withdraw.

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Jay S. Fleischman is a bankruptcy lawyer with offices in Los Angeles and New York. He can often be found on Google+ and Twitter, where he shares information about consumer protection issues and personal finance.
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