There may or may not be reason to explore the possibility of a of civil malpractice action in this situation, and I express no opinion on that one way or another. "Ineffective assistance of counsel," on the other hand, is a constitutional concept applicable only to criminal cases, which yours is not. So that is not involved here.
What claimant might consider is that claimant knows all the details about the claimants' case--unfortunately claimants who know all the details tend to think they also know what matters to the legal process—what they do not realize is that all the details do not matter. You hired your attorney to guide you through the legal process.
Some details are irrelevant, others are tertiary or collateral matters that, although interesting, are not (even when their total sum is weighed across the case) probative.
Claimant always has the right to challenge an attorney and fire that attorney if the claimant believes the attorney is underperforming and cannot step up. Claimant can also sue the attorney for malpractice (VERY, VERY tough to prove).
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IAC is specific to criminal cases.
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If a lawyer-client relationship is to have any chance of success, there must be mutual trust and confidence. Since that appears to be lacking here, you should sit down with your lawyer, discuss your concerns, ask questions and get answers. If you are not satisfied after that, you should terminate your lawyer and hire a new one.
By the way, a good, competent lawyer does not need (or want) "help" from a client on what arguments or objections to make. These are matters that require a legal education, legal training and legal experience to deal with.
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