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What to do when your lawyer won’t get back to you

June 17, 2019 - 4:00 am

By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A New Jersey lawyer decided that he’d had enough. He was over it. And by “it” it turns out he meant, everything.

He’d moved from New Jersey to Washington State to play jazz and never practice law again. 

The prospect of one less lawyer strikes many as a good start—but his clients didn’t feel that way, particularly those who’d paid deposits.

He was just disbarred. Many clients feel frustrated that they’re not getting any attention from the lawyer, who is supposedly handling their case, so what can you do? 

Lawyers are bound by a code of legal ethics, under which they have an obligation to communicate with their clients.

That doesn’t mean they have to be at a client’s beck and call—but you have a right to expect your communications to be returned in a reasonable period.

If you can’t get the lawyer on the phone, write a letter explaining your frustration and requesting your file, and if all else fails, contact your state bar to report professional misconduct if you think your lawyer should be an ex-lawyer.