“What if I don’t agree with my lawyer’s tactics and strategies? Can I get a second opinion without firing my lawyer?”
You can seek and get a second and third opinion if you believe that your lawyer’s tactics aren’t serving your best interests; you don’t have to fire your lawyer to get other professional opinions.
While you may not agree with or understand your lawyer’s strategies, keep in mind that there may be good, sound reasons that he or she is using the tactics you’re questioning. If you retained this attorney knowing that he or she is experienced and knowledgeable, that may well be the case.
The key to any effective attorney-client relationship is good communication. Speak with your lawyer, become an active participant in your case, and discuss each aspect of the case. If you’re unhappy or dissatisfied, tell your lawyer. You may find that after talking with your lawyer, you may agree with what he or she is doing.
Philip S. Milone is a matrimonial lawyer with 21 years of experience practicing in New York, Brooklyn, Queens, and Suffolk Counties.