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How do i talk to my court appointed lawyer

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I cannot afford a lawyer so the court appointed obe. I realize they are very busy but he needs to know what is going on. 5 minutes before we are called into court is not enough time. My husband has lied and twisted everything and has put in 4 petitions in whic he contradicts himself in each of them. I have written out all allegations and responded honestly to each of them. I want my lawyer to be prepared for the bucket of lies that are going to hit him in the head in court. Is this a good idea or should i leave him to his own devices? I have called him and text him but he does not respond.

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  1. Best answer

    I agree with brother counsel. Set an appointment!

    However, please understand that that court-appointed attorneys are often overburdened with cases -- your financial situation is not unique -- and he or she probably have hundreds of clients with pending matters, so it may not be tomorrow, or even this week. I am not excusing a wholesale lack of communication, and I agree that a first meeting 5 minutes before court isn't enough time, but I would also say that it certainly isn't because the lawyer doesn't CARE or because they don't WANT to meet with you. They simply may not have the resources or time to help everyone who needs their help.

    See, e.g., (1) http://www.wbur.org/npr/174753333/after-50-years-a-state-of-crisis-for-the-right-to-counsel and (2) http://www.theatlantic.com/national/archive/2013/03/how-americans-lost-the-right-to-counsel-50-years-after-gideon/273433/.

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  2. Try to schedule an appointment.

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