An attorney is always the most important person, who plays a crucial role in determining the outcome of a lawsuit, but at times when the relationship with client don’t turn out to be healthy, there’s a need to terminate attorney-client relationships.
It could happen from either side, although it is not legally acceptable that an attorney simply backs-out as he/she realises that it’s not possible to represent the client’s case effectively. A lawyer is bound to undertake only those cases, which they’re confident of representing in the court of law, without further problems.
However, the attorney is cent percent free to withdraw from the case, if they feel that they’re being forced to assist the client to save him/her illegally from criminal charges, or assisting them in any fraudulent cases knowingly.
Moreover, it is also possible that the client may fire the lawyer, and in such cases, the client is not at all bound to continue with the same lawyer, though the applicable fees as per the contract must be paid for. On the other hand, it is rather difficult for the attorney to withdraw from a case so easily, as the client reserves the right to hold the withdrawal until the court of law declares that there are no pending motions to withdraw.
As a matter of fact, the client always has better margin to hold the lawyer as a hostage in the case even for few weeks, until a legal clearance is issued from the court, clearing stating that there are no more pending motions to withdraw, and that the withdrawal of the lawyer will not adversely affect the case in any form.
There may be countless reasons for an attorney to withdraw from a case, such as irregular payments, bad conduct from client and other similar problems, while the client may also be disappointed with the performance of the lawyer, or fed up with their busy schedule and hence opt to fire them.
Lastly, before you plan to fire your attorney, think of the consequences, and consult another capable attorney, and make sure that you don’t land yourself in trouble as a result of this withdrawal. The same applies in case your attorney wants to back-out, and you must not release them until you find a good substitute to represent your case in the lawsuit.