I personally will not take a case as the third lawyer, ever. It's always the client that is the problem, without exception.
I understand that you have far more experience in these situations than me, but...
My first attorney was clearly getting bullied by opposing counsel and she was failing to respond to my reasonable questions and she was primarily focused on making sure that my ex-wife maintained her lifestyle as established during our marriage to the point when I asked her if we were ever going to discuss maintaining my lifestyle that was established during the marriage. I was advised by numerous SI members to fire this attorney.
My second attorney... was much much much worse, to the point where I should file an ethics complaint against her. I literally did not communicate with her (no emails, no phone cells, no in-person meetings) between the initial consult (January 2019) until the day before our pre-trial hearing (June 2019). You might think this is okay, expect that this attorney failed to show up for the preliminary hearing in May 2019 (which resulted in me being removed from the marital home and paying a ridiculous monthly payment to my ex -- I could have used legal counsel at that hearing!). She also filed a protective order with the court without my knowledge (let alone my permission). Again, I was advised by numerous SI members to fire this attorney. It's a shame, too, because I am certain that Attorney#2 is very smart and very good at handling high conflict divorces (which mine was), but I think that she was suffering with alcoholism and/or depression and she basically was negligent with my case.
My point being... everyone should be very careful about changing attorneys... but just as there are shitty clients, there are shitty attorneys out there too.
And for what it is worth, my third attorney literally described me as the ideal client because I was always honest with her (no matter how bad it made me look), I was knowledgeable about the case (and the law to the best of my ability), I paid my bills on time, and I followed her advice. So, if the problem is the client without exception... then I am the exception.
[This message edited by barcher144 at 7:24 PM, Monday, August 1st]
Me: BH, age 48Her: WS, age 45 (multiple EAs and PAs)D-Day: August 30, 2016
Diagnosed with depression in December 2016, which was primarily caused by my xWW's affair and associated emotional abuse.