When you hire an attorney in California, you are putting your trust in the hands of a professional who you believe will fight for your rights and represent you in the best light possible. While this is true in most cases, there are some incidents when an attorney fails to do his or her duty and leaves you, the client, to deal with the negative consequences. This could mean fines, fees or even jail time. We at Lange Law Corporation work hard to ensure that you receive compensation for any wrongs that were done to you, especially if your attorney failed to properly withdraw.
It can be difficult to know what qualifies as improper withdrawal. According to the Cornell University Legal Information Institute, your attorney must give proper notice of withdrawal from employment if he or she feels incapable of handling the matter involved in the case. If he or she ceased employment from you, but did not notify you of the decision, this may be considered improper withdrawal.
In some cases, you will need to show that the failure to communicate with you or perform services was a willfull choice, although negligence is also a punishable offense. This is especially damaging to the attorney if there is a pattern shown of this treatment to other clients.
Other mistakes include the failure to cooperate in disciplinary investigations, return files on demand and protect your interests. For more information on what you can do if you feel your attorney has improperly withdrawn from your service, please visit our web page.