We had a custody hearing November 20, 2019. We lost. In my opinion our lawyer did not do his job. He wasn’t knowledgeable on my case. Prior to the hearing he and his office were very lacking in their communication with me. We didn’t file objections to things I believe we should have. We never filed a reply to my ex’s opposition to my motion. We didn’t point out that my ex made a ton of false accusations that could be proven false because she herself contradicted her allegations. My lawyer didn’t list the witnesses I asked him to (I felt if my ex saw who I wanted to call she would have been more willing to settle outside or court). My lawyer insured me that we had the case won but yet we didn’t even get past the substantial change of circumstance. Anyways, my lawyer said he wanted me to come into his office to talk after court. It’s now been 4 weeks and I’ve heard nothing from him. I’ve reached out twice due to threats my ex is making now. And nothing from him. Is this normal? I wanted to appeal or something but it might be too late now. I feel like all this lawyer did was take my money. My ex had an unbundled lawyer that she got the week before hearing & she knew more than mine.
Normal? No. Explainable? Maybe. I can't speak to the lawyer's preparation or knowledge of the case, but we often get to trial and find the judge unwilling to see things our way. As a result, we often choose to change our strategy on the fly. We also occasionally find that some of the witnesses our clients want to put on are not going to be helpful, and given the limited amount of time we have in trial, we choose not to list them. Though they seem to the client to be helpful, sometimes they are just "character" witnesses but can't prove any of the things we actually need. Now, he certainly should be responding to you. But I suggest you continue to try to talk to him. He might feel so badly about losing he is embarrassed to meet.
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