What do you do when your divorce lawyer is doing nothing and is not fighting for you?
What to do when your divorce lawyer is doing nothing for you? There are a few ways to handle this:. The most extreme obviously is just fire the attorney. What do you need this for? When your divorce lawyer is doing nothing for you, you really should seriously consider getting a new lawyer as quickly as you can because it is a lot of money being wasted on “nothing.”
But if you really feel that your divorce lawyer is doing nothing the first step you should probably take is to talk to the lawyer first and disclose how you are feeling. Because it could just be your perception and you really could be wrong about the whole thing. Because what do you even mean “doing nothing”? Seriously, do you think the lawyer is “doing nothing”? Or are they not doing what you want them to do? And if it is the latter, how do you know that what you want them to do is doable? How do you know they are not doing what is best for you?
If you honestly feel that your divorce lawyer is doing nothing for you and you have tried to talk it over and nothing changes, you also can quit the lawyer and give the lawyer a negative review because maybe the lawyer has this MO where they don’t “do anything” for their clients generally. It is unlikely to be true but every now and then you could find a slacker who should not be taking people’s money to do nothing for them.
Another thing to do if you feel that your divorce lawyer is doing nothing for you is just handling your divorce yourself. Sometimes, it is better because even if you get a new lawyer, it is possible that the same outcome will result. You could still feel that the new lawyer is not doing anything for you either. And it is more wasted time and money. Some clients should frankly act as their own attorney from the outset. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
So to recap, if you feel that your divorce lawyer is doing nothing for you, take one of the following steps:
- Complain to the attorney directly and ask for some respect
- Fire the attorney and find a new attorney
- Give the attorney a negative review on attorney reviews websites (but only if warranted)
- Go pro se and handle the case yourself
- Complain to the Bar (if there are circumstances warranting this extreme move)