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Attorney Out of Practice
#1
Dear Forum,
Hello! I have a longtime WC case (it was left as an open settlement so I could still get medical), and my attorney is getting a percentage of that. He is now out of practice, but still getting the %. I have a pending medical procedure that I now need my lawyer to help with, but since he is no longer in practice I can't go to him. My question is now what can I do? Can I stop the old lawyer from getting his %, since he isn't in practice and able to represent me? Do I need to hire a new lawyer and pay them another % on top of what I am already paying the old lawyer? Please help! I am frustrated at this point. (Please note I am in Illinois)

Thanks in advance!
 
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#2
Hi Cougar and welcome. Boy Iam also from Illinois, but this has me stumped, Was your attorney working alone or with a firm? If with a firm I would try calling them, or maybe just call the retired attorney and asking him. Then you could always call another WC attorney and run your questions past him/her. The first meeting is always free. Hopefully someone else from Illinois will offer there opinions. Good Luck and keep us informed.

PS, Did someone else take over his practice?
 
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#3
Haven't heard to much about an Open Settlement in Illinois. Since the Attorney is not going to help you, then you need to seek another.
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