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Hiring and Firing Your Lawyer   Tags: attorney/client relationship  

This guide provides information on how to obtain the services of a lawyer, how to work effectively with your lawyer, and how to end the relationship.
Last Updated: Jul 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Resources at the State Law Library

While it is generally best to exhaust every possible avenue to resolve disputes with your lawyer,  case law has established that a client may discharge his attorney at any time. Here are sources that may be helpful if the relationship cannot be resurrected. Below are some of the library resources that can provide further guidance on this topic. Please call us at (512) 463-1722 if you have any questions about these materials.

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O'Connor's Texas Rules, Civil Trials - Michol O'Connor  Icon
Call Number: KFT 8816 A2
Publication Date: Annual
Chapter 1 Section H:7.1 is entitled "Termination by Client."

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Texas Litigation Guide - Dorsaneo, William V.  Icon
Call Number: KFT 170 D6
Publication Date: Updated quarterly
Section 3.05 is entitled "Terminating Attorney-Client Relationship."

About This Guide

Legal troubles can be confusing, frustrating, and overwhelming.  It can stress all your relationships, including the one you have with your attorney. This guide begins with information on how to go about hiring an attorney and how to work effectively together.  In the event you become unhappy with your attorney, we include information on formal and informal ways to resolve common complaints.  If you feel you can no longer work with your attorney, information on how to fire your attorney is also included.          

Hiring and Working with an Attorney

Choosing a lawyer you feel confident in and comfortable with is the first step to a good working relationship.  These sources discuss how to go about your search for an attorney and how to work  effectively with them. 


The State Bar of Texas provides official channels to help you work out your disagreement with your lawyer. 

  • The State Bar of Texas's Dispute Resolution page  Icon
    The State Bar offers resources to help resolve many minor disputes.
  • Filing a Grievance with the State Bar of Texas  Icon
    The State Bar of Texas investigates allegations of professional misconduct and and other complaints against Texas attorneys. This webpage includes information on what constitutes misconduct, the grievance process, and an online complaint form. The Bar also provides assistance through a Grievance Information Helpline at (800)932-1900.

Firing Your Attorney

These resources help you consider whether to request your attorney withdraw from representing you.



Legal Research Guides from the Texas State Law Library

The Texas State Law Library reference librarians have compiled legal research guides for specific areas of the law. These guides contain resources that can help you research a legal issue. The American Association of Law Libraries has a guide for Non-Lawyers on How to Research a Legal Problem. If you have any questions, please contact us at (512) 463-1722 or at


The information provided on this page has been prepared for general information purposes only and should not be construed as, nor substituted for, legal advice. It is strongly recommended that you contact an attorney for advice specific to your fact situation. Your local bar association or the State Bar of Texas Lawyer Referral Information Service (1-800-252-9690) can assist you with locating an attorney.

Some of the electronic resources we refer to in this guide may be in PDF format. Adobe Reader or similar software is required to view PDFs.

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