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How do I know if I have a lawyer or not?

Hartford, CT |

My lawyer was suspended in other courts, but I've received no word about the federal court I'm in. My lawyer did not appear at a hearing, did not file anything, did not respond to me or my request to assign me as pro se counsel so I could move to appoint counsel. The Court won't let me file anything, saying that I have a lawyer. But if I only have an unresponsive lawyer, do I really have a lawyer, or more importantly, what can I do to avoid impending dismissal ?

Attorney Answers 1


  1. Don't worry about the fine points of whether you have a lawyer or not. Hire another lawyer immediately. Any competent lawyer familiar with Federal practice will know how to deal with this situation. Don't try to do it on your own.