Friday, August 16, 2013
Hiring or Firing Your Lawyer in the 11th Hour
It's a frequent occurrence in family court: a party either hires a lawyer at the last minute right before a hearing, or fires their lawyer. Then the lawyer faxes a letter to the court requesting a continuance without getting the agreement of the opposing lawyer or party. Such a request for a continuance will usually be denied as "ex parte" and untimely under court rules. It is also extremely unfair to the opposing party who has followed the family court rules. So if you as a party are considering doing this, do not assume a continuance will occur, particularly if the court has set aside a day or two of precious court time for your case.