If a party in an adversary proceeding or a Debtor in a case wishes to substitute attorneys, a substitution of appearance signed by the original attorney and the substituted attorney shall be filed. If a trustee, a Debtor, or official committee wishes to substitute attorneys or another professional whose employment was subject to approval by the Court, an application to employ the new professional must also be filed. If the attorney being replaced is unavailable to sign the substitution of appearance, the substituted attorney or the Debtor shall include an affidavit stating the reasons for the unavailability.
(b) Notice of Withdrawal
An attorney for a party other than the Debtor may withdraw an appearance by filing a notice of withdrawal:
(1) when another attorney remains attorney of record for the party; or
(2) when the party has no controversy pending before the Court.
Otherwise, a motion to withdraw is required.
(c) Motion to Withdraw: Requirements
When a motion to withdraw is required, the motion shall provide:
(1) satisfactory evidence of a written request from the party to withdraw; or
(3) provide the party’s last known telephone number.
Substitutions of appearance and motions to withdraw shall be served:
(1) in an adversary proceeding, on all parties to the proceeding; and
(2) in a bankruptcy case, on all counsel of record, and the Debtor if not represented by counsel.
(e) Effect of Failure to Comply
Until compliance with paragraph (a), (b), or (c) as applicable, and paragraph (d) and entry of an order, if necessary, permitting withdrawal, the original attorney remains the party’s attorney of record.
(f) Attorney Status in Court Record After Withdrawal or Substitution
Upon the Court’s entry of an order granting a motion to withdraw, or the filing of a notice of withdrawal or substitution of appearance, the Court shall remove the attorney from the list of attorneys receiving notices and orders in the case or adversary proceeding. The Court’s docket will continue to show the attorney, with a notation that the attorney’s appearance has been terminated.