in a cina case my daughter's lawyer wont return her calls, an isn't fighting for her. she should have had overnight visits 6 months ago and now the people that have temporary custody have suddenly denied her visitation. on Christmas eve of all days.
If her attorney won’t return calls, your daughter should go to her attorney’s office to talk to him/her. If that doesn’t work, she should hire a different attorney or file a request for new counsel with the court.
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If she "should have" had overnight visits six months ago, this is hardly something that should be blamed on her attorney. Also, it's just a fact of life that she won't get a Cadillac level service with a court appointed attorney, so she should also be cognizant of that. That said, she is entitled to competent representation, so if the attorney has completely blown her off, she needs to do something about that immediately, like get to the root of the problem or ask for substitute counsel.
I've found, when clients complain about attorneys who don't return their calls, the issue falls into one of two camps. Either (a) the attorney is either truly overworked, or suffering from some personal issue that prevents him/her from being responsive, or (b) the client is either repetitive or completely unreasonable with calling about things that are insignificant or inconsequential. It is far more often the latter than the former.
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