There may be multiple reasons that you would want to change lawyers in the middle of the case. You may be frustrated with an attorney that doesn’t seem to be advocating for your best interests. It may be hard to get a hold of your lawyer. In some cases, the crux of your case might change and move out of your attorney’s area of expertise.
Fortunately, in most cases, you can change lawyers in the middle of the case. With the court’s permission, you can notify them that you’ve hired a new attorney. There’s paperwork to complete to make the change official. There are also some circumstances where the court may not allow you to make the change. Here’s when you can change lawyers in the middle of a case:
In most cases, you can change lawyers.
To change lawyers in the middle of the case, you find and retain the new lawyer that you want to represent you. Georgia court rules say that your new lawyer must complete and file a document called a substitution of counsel. The Georgia Supreme Court says that the lawyer taking over the case must also send a copy of the substitution paperwork to the other party or their attorney. In most cases, the court signs off on the substitution of counsel without any questions asked, and the case proceeds.
When a substitution isn’t routine
In some cases, the judge may have questions. If they’re unsure of whether they want to grant the substitution of counsel, they may call you to court for a hearing. They may want to ensure that you want to substitute counsel, or they may want to make sure that you’re going to be prepared for upcoming court dates.