Have you discussed this with your attorney? Your current attorney cannot meet your needs if you fail to communicate with him/her. Before heading down that path, you should at the very least schedule a meeting with the attorney and express your concerns. I can tell you from experience that it is not advisable to change counsel in the middle of litigation. Things get sloppy, even within the same firm. If after you express your concerns and see no improvement, you will still need to speak with your attorney about transferring the case. Some firms have a no-transfer policy and fire you as a client on the spot. Our firm allows this, but I know of firms that do not. They take it as an insult. Yes, there are pompous firms out there LOL.
As a paralegal, I advocate attorney communication. Tell him/her your needs, your concerns and give the attorney a chance to work for you. They can't do that if you just decide one day to fire them. If it doesn't work out, I would recommend speaking to both attorneys regarding the transfer of the file. It happens in our firm because each attorney does specialize in something different. I'm just saying don't get your heart set on it. Not all firms allow it and this new attorney may have too large a case load.
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Have your friend call up local lawyers and explain her problem and ask them what it would cost to just have them do the bare minimum and just tell her what she needs to know.In fact show up and ask in person ..they could be sitting there bored..and knowing they are not going to make a fortune doing nothing might just take the five or ten Min's to help her. Normally an attorney would charge by the hour, for advice or instructions , but that is also in an ongoing relationship. I think she could find one that was willing to just charge her a small fee to file papers for her. The reason I say that is that is exactly what I did...and I found a lawyer who did it for me or i should say told me what to do ... by the way...he only charged me 76 dollars..I too was in L.A. co...my ex was also missing ..so a fee for an ad in the newspaper will be needed ..not much!!..and I guess that is very nice of a person.
Hope you can be as lucky!!!
ps. if your friend cannot even afford less than a hundred dollars for a serious thing like divorce ..she has much bigger things to worry about than a divorce.This is not a put down in any way just comon sense. I wish her the best!!