My question relates to legal practice in the state of: Indiana
I hired an attorney to represent me in discrimination case against my previous employer. Six months ago, I turned down the settlement offer. Trial is in 3 months. I have not heard from my attorney since depositions were taken 5 months ago. Yesterday, I received his notice to withdraw. Although I doubt it will help I am going to file a motion that the court deny his request. Here's what is bothering me the most ...
In his letter to me, he states that the employer still wants to settle. And he adds:
However, prior to filing our withdrawal, I will give you an option: you give us full and
complete authority to settle the case for whatever we can secure from Defendant, and we will
negotiate a settlement on your behalf. This means that you would give us the authority to resolve
the case for any amount, absent any "bottom line" authority from you.
I cannot afford to hire another attorney and this makes me feel like I am being coerced into signing away my client rights or something ... I must agree to an unspecified settlement or I have no lawyer.
Is his actions right and ethical?