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Lawyer Tips: What to Do When You Need to Withdraw from a Case

If you decide to withdraw from a case, especially a personal injury lawsuit, or your client wishes to switch attorneys, you must be sure to make effective withdrawal. Simply ceasing to represent the client in name is not enough. Illinois lawyers should either withdraw their appearance or be certain that an order for substitution of counsel is entered. One easy way to tell if your withdrawal is effective is whether or not you still receive notices of motions and pleadings: if you do, check to verify that your withdrawal or order of substitution was entered. Failure to properly withdraw from a case may expose you to malpractice allegations or a judge could find that you are still counsel of record.