My initial hearing was scheduled when he was not available, he assured me the other lawyer would know what we wanted to do. The other lawyer requested the wrong type of drug test. I ended up having to dismiss the case. Also couldn't get in contact with him after a week of trying. His office kept saying he would call me in 5 minutes. Ended up calling another lawyer in the firm to get it dismissed. All in all a $3000 dollar mistake for one initial hearing.
Response from Tad Hoover February 2, 2018
Unfortunately, my office is unable to always control how a case proceeds because that is the job of a Judge or Magistrate. While representing each client my office makes specific requests on the behalf of that client, but the Judge or Magistrate ultimately makes the decision on how the case will proceed. Occasionally a Judge or Magistrate will make an order or decision contrary to our requests. In this case our client wished to voluntarily dismiss his case shortly after the first initial hearing and shortly after the inception of the case before a majority of the legal representation takes place.
Further, my firm approaches all cases with the team approach, where multiple attorneys may work on the same case. Because tight schedules sometimes do not allow for client contact right away, other attorneys are always available to speak with clients and advise on all matters. This team approach is spelled out in full detail in my firm's retainer agreement which each client reads and signs before my representation begins. Upon receiving any call, if a lead attorney is unable to speak with the client an attorney with knowledge of their case will return a call within 24-48 hours and the lead attorney will be in contact as soon as their schedule permits.
Last, a representative of the United States post office picks up all outgoing mail on a daily basis. After parcels are picked up by the post office my office has no control when the parcels will be processed and delivered.
This case was also continued the day of the first scheduled hearing on the request of the opposing counsel. The matter was rescheduled six weeks from the original hearing date. This is another example of how the Judge of Magistrate ultimately controls how a case proceeds. However, In this instance, because of my office's knowledge of the court, my office was ultimately able to secure a hearing date only six days after the original scheduled hearing date.
We are sorry you feel you were underrepresented, but maintain all actions taken were appropriate and above the average representation in the legal community.