What is the name of your state? FL
With less than 1 month to our final hearing, my lawyer asked for $10K trial retainer up front. I informed her that I could not give her the lump sum but that I could give her chunks which would add up to that amount by the final hearing date. Without notifying me, she motioned for withdrawl and the judge subsequently denied it on the grounds that doing so would create an opportunity for me to ask for a continuance in our case. (The case has been dragging on for 2 years now due to a myriad of circumstances.)
Long story short, shes still my lawyer but I can't pay her like she wants. My final hearing is coming and I expect there are documents to prepare and things she needs to do to get ready. But I can't pay her like she wants, so what can I expect her to do? Will she just do nothing? Is she obliged to do anything? Should I fire her?