I am trying to reach my attorney through phone. I leave numerous messages but none is being returned. What can i do?
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There is not nearly enough information here to answer this question. Is this a traffic ticket case or is this an appellate case? What are the claims and what are the stakes involved. Is the lawyer a free lawyer? We also do not know what information the asker provided the lawyer and what information is due. The lawyer cannot be presumed to be erring simply on the allegation of the client.
I for one avoid excessive chatter on the phone. No matter the case, government expects all filings to be in writing, and I parallel that philosophy. I also strive to have my clients provide me with information, and not engage in banter over the phone where they ask irrelevant questions. My need for information outweighs my client's need for information. My client can look at the papers in the case to review and learn whatever information the client needs.
All of this runs counter to attorney management principles. Instead, attorneys are supposed to jump at the client's call, but only the opposite works. Attorneys have a hierarchy of work they must engage in: calls of the court calendars, filing deadlines, document production and case preparation. There is no time for chatter. In some cases, clients want to direct the legal implementation of a case using fillibustering. They demand certain papers be filed and certain contacts be made. All of those backfire, and I occasionally fulfill those expectations to teach the client a lesson. Afterwards, they stop directing.
There is a point to be made about America's hatred of lawyers. The average client has serious antipathy to lawyers. This echoes in every contact, in every call of the calendar and in every document. In the world of civil practice, the court forces litigants to fall in line with prescribed government rules. The client believes the lawyer is at fault when in fact the judge is at fault. That's because our history teachers tell us we have a fair and impartial justice system. Some clients never learn otherwise and go on changing lawyers and hating them down the line.
As for your case, the lawyer may be simply hitting the delete button as to your messages.
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