Robert R. Goldstein, Attorney at Law | Robert R. Goldstein
It depends largely on what your written fee statement says. If there is no written fee statement, then it will depend on how much work the attorney actually did before the attorney-client relationship was ended.
Answer Applies to: Ohio
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
You have a binding contract with him and the only right he has is to impose a lien on any settlement or judgment in the case. So he has to wait until the case is resolved and then he can claim a part of the attorney fees payable, which again is on a contingency fee basis. Be sure that he gives you fairly soon all of your file, including his notes and research. You may be able to argue that he should get less than his demand because he quit and it was not you who fired him; your new attorney may make that argument because he will be sharing the fee with the old attorney. It will, however, be more difficult to find a new attorney as a new attorney will feel that the first $18,000 of his fee will be paid to someone else. If you can not find a new attorney you might contact the local bar association and see if this is something that can be handled by its fee arbitration panel.
Answer Applies to: California
Law Offices of Ronald A. Steinberg & Associates | Ronald A. Steinberg, BA, MA, JD
He is entitled to get paid for the costs he has paid or become obligated to pay. He may be entitled to place a lien on the file for the time he invested in taking the case to that point.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Gregory M Janks, PC | Gregory M Janks
You need to read the Agreement you and the attorney made @ the outset of the representation as it's terms will more than likely control. Typically Michigan attorneys will agree to a contingent fee in a personal injury case wherein you owe no attorney fees if the case is not successful; however, most attorney Agreements, and the Michigan Court Rules, require you to remain responsible for the costs of the case (these are not attorney fees, but monies advanced by the attorney to 3rd parties, such as experts, doctors, court reporters, the court, etc.).
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Paul Whitfield and Associates P.A. | Paul L. Whitfield
Read your contract. If he quits because you have been uncooperative and failed to follow his advice he would be entitled to be paid normally on some hourly or flat fee basis. The question is" what does your contract say? and why does he want out. normally a lawyer will not want out unless his client is misbehaving or not following his advice.if the fault is yours pay him.
Answer Applies to: North Carolina
The Law Firm of Reed & Mansfield | Jonathan C. Reed
You haven't posted enough information for a definitive answer, but if the lawyer got you a settlement offer and you refused it and he quit, he may have a claim for his contingency fee based on the offer he got you. Your question illustrates the importance of signing up with a lawyer you can trust.
Answer Applies to: Nevada