Can I change the Solicitor handling my Injury Claim?YES!
Always remember that you are the client and that you are entitled to have control over who represents you.
There can be many reasons why you might be worried about your Claim and the way it is being handled.
It often comes down to poor communication by the Solicitor involved.
What Do You Do to make the Change?
If you have worries , then the first thing you should do is make an appointment to see the person ; then prepare the questions that you want answered and ask them.
If you do not get that chance or you don’t feel that the answers are satisfactory , then you should think about getting advice from another Solicitor.
How do I find a new Solicitor for my Injury Claim?
Having the right person working for you is just SO IMPORTANT !
Have a look at my thoughts about choosing a Solicitor – click here.
If you want a different Solicitor to handle your claim , then once you have agreed terms with the new person, he/ she can write to the first Solicitor with a form of Authority signed by you.
The Law Society has set out Rules that Solicitors must stick to in this situation.If there is a continuing problem , you may have an option of going to them for further help. Have a look at their website on www.lawsociety.ie
Will it cost me to Change Solicitors?
You need to understand however that if the first Solicitor has done work on the file and if he/ she has spent money on your behalf on , say , Court Stamp Duty, Medical Reports and such like , then those monies or outlays usually have to be paid to the first solicitor before the file is transferred. But remember, if the Claim is successful , then these costs should be recovered from the Defendant in your Claim.
In regard to the Professional Fees due to the first Solicitor, it depends on the initial agreement between you and him – was it a “no foal, no fee arrangement” ; was it on the basis that you would be charged for time applied or was there some other arrangement?
Often the two Offices agree that once the Claim is finished , they would agree a division of the fees based on the work each Firm did. It is often best to get professional advice on this from a Cost Accountant , trained in measuring legal Costs – your new Solicitor can guide you with that.
So while there may be some expense to be paid, most of it should be refunded to you at the end of the Claim.
You must also decide if it is worse to continue with worries about the person who is handling the Claim for you , or to take control again and ensure you get quality service and advice to bring what is always a stressful experience to a finish as soon as you reasonably can.
We at Neil J. Butler & Co. have many years in handling client affairs . We also have good relations with our colleagues – we believe that we can manage any change such as described here in a way that will minimise disruption and achieve a great result for you !
Contact us today.
Our Solicitors want to get to know you ; to support your legal needs, keeping you updated at each stage so that you feel you are served by a professional, efficient and customer-oriented Firm.
We do not charge for initial enquiries so please get in touch….