A board president contacted me recently stating that the association attorney has just left his law firm and has apparently gone on his own. The association president cannot get the law firm to give him any information concerning the situation. The attorney himself says that the association should have the law firm turn over all of the files to him in his new office, and the board president simply wanted another lawyer’s advice.
Of course, such a situation depends upon the circumstances and whether one wishes to stay with the old law firm and/or go with the attorney who has left the firm. In any event, the case should be handled by someone who is competent to do so, and, the association should be apprised of the alternatives available to them in deciding which firm to utilize. The fact that there is apparently not a smooth turnover may be indicative of their need to look somewhere else.