Question Details: I recently left my marital home and marriage. I engaged a lawyer (from my new girlfriend's law firm) to prepare a draft property relationship agreement. Things have now ended with the new girlfriend. I'd like to now work with my original lawyer (and my wife's current lawyer) to reduce fees and avoid any conflict from my ex-girlfriend's firm. Can I end my contract with my new lawyer and go back to my original lawyer (still my wife's current lawyer) to advise us on splitting marital property?
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You can end your contract with your current lawyer at anytime, although you are still obliged to pay any outstanding fees, and to comply with any other agreed terms. Going back to your old lawyer is probably not possible though.
You can ask your old lawyer, but we would expect them to say no. To split up relationship property, each former partner needs independent legal advice, and one lawyer cannot give independent advice to both you and your ex-wife.
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