I am divorced and have a current custody/support case that is open. I have a *relatively* low drama case but I have been through 4 attorney's and I am now on my 5th in 4 years. The last one (#4) I had was with the current firm I have but was let go or left (he was terrible). I expressed my extreme disapproval with the firm owner about the way my case has been handled and tried to leave but they reassured me things would get better and I was appointed with another associate (current #5). I had issues with the previous attorney ignoring me (#4) and "half assing" my case to then get handed off to another one who swore her attention (#5) but has since also blown me off. I met with the firm owner to express my displeasure AGAIN and he assured me that it would be remedied. I have basically been talking to only the paralegal since and I am just annoyed that I can't get my attorney (that I pay good money to) to just be present and acknowledge me. I have paid almost 10k for not a whole lot. I am so tired of attorney jumping (to no fault of my own) and I just don't know if this kind of "latency" is normal? I don't have much $ for another retainer and to start this all over again. Help?
Well, you either stay or go. It is that simple. Of course, things like the status of your case is an important factor, but the firm you are at has proven itself to be a certain way. You have given them a chance to pay attention to your case, and you know what to expect. You have the right to change attorneys at any time.
If you move on you may find a far more attentive attorney, or you may not. If you move on you should do far more vetting of the new attorney than you have to date. There are many good and attentive attorneys out there. Do your due diligence to find one of the good ones.
Good luck to you.
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I agree with Mr. Pedersen. It is unclear what you expect. It's possible that your attorneys are trying to keep your fees down by using a paralegal. I have had some clients that can literally "eat" hours of my time with what we lawyers affectionately call "hand-holding.” Their fees show it. It is the main reason I no longer handle custody cases. I would concentrate on the results and not your feelings. You mention nothing about those.
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