Is it common for lawyers to rarely contact clients about the case?

Yes, it is common with many attorneys, but it shouldn’t be.

While it is true that in many cases there may not be regularly occurring developments or changes that your attorney has to tell you about as your case unfolds (in most lawsuits weeks, even months can pass with nothing happening or changing in the case), unless you are experienced with litigation as a client, you don’t know that.

This is why your attorney and/or his/her staff should be checking in with you at reasonably regular intervals, if for no other reason than to let you know that there is nothing to report, so that you are not left in suspense. But don’t be surprised if that’s not happening at your attorney’s end. So you should never be made to feel as though you’re imposing on your attorney or on his/her staff when you call or email requesting an occasional update on the status of your case. If you are made to feel that way, get a new lawyer. Failure on the part of your attorney to communicate with his/her client is usually symptomatic of deeper and more serious problems with you attorney and his/her handling (or neglect) of your case.

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