I client has the rigth to hire a different lawyer at any time.  So, the answer to the question is, yes.  A client can switch lawyers, even if the case is being handled on a contingency fee basis.  Every now and then, I meet with a potential client who has a case pending with another lawyer representing them on the case.  For various reasons, the potential client it is not happy with their first lawyer, and wants to change to a new lawyer.  Here are the important points:

1.  The client has the right to change lawyers.  So, yes, the change can be made.  At any time.    

2.  The client does not pay any additional legal fees.  Instead, the new lawyer and the old lawyer will make a fair arrangement to split the total fee based on the Rules of Professional Conduct, and contract rules.  Also, the Connecticut Bar Association has a procedure to resolve disputes about the fee.  But in 99% of the cases, the lawyers simple agree upon a fair fee split.  

3.  Lastly, the old lawyer is required to transfer the file to the new lawyer as long as the old lawyers is given a promise that their fees and costs are going to paid under the retainer agreement.  

If you or anyone you know has a serious personal injury case in Connecticut, and you are not happy with your current attorney and want to swith to a new firm, then contact The Bartinik Law Firm, PC in Groton at 860 445 8521 or toll free at 888 717 4211.  


Peter J. Bartinik, Jr.
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Civil Trial Attorney, Practicing Law in Connecticut