Withdrawing from a Case

Through the right client intake procedures, most incompatible clients can be avoided. However, on occasion, irreconcilable differences can pop up and with irreconcilable differences come risks of withdrawing from a case.

If you need to withdraw from a case, it is critical to attempt to minimize the possible adverse effect on the rights of the client and the possibility of prejudice to the client. The manner and means of terminating a relationship can affect the likelihood a malpractice claim will be filed.

Considerations when Withdrawing from a Case

Even when a withdrawal is justifiable, a lawyer should:

  • Give due notice of withdrawal
  • Suggest engaging other counsel
  • Deliver all papers and property to which the client is entitled
  • Cooperate with counsel subsequently employed
  • Attempt to minimize the possibility of harm to the client
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