Dear Pickles:

Greetings. Go camp on your attorney’s door step. At this point, your attorney and you should have discussed this hearing in detail. If you are to testify at the hearing, you should have already practiced your testimony or have a set time BEFORE the hearing to do so. Sometimes, you will not know a hearing is cancelled until court, which is one of the most annoying parts of our jobs.

So, no it is not normal to be left in the dark like this. Your attorney should have real ideas and opinions, although they cannot guarantee your outcome. If you have child custody or equitable distribution you must attend mediation first.

Tell your attorney your concerns, in writing (I prefer e-mail) and by going and telling them face to face. I encourage my clients to tell me when they are upset, as soon as they are upset, so I can fix it. Best of luck and let us know if we can help.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

The response posted above is based upon the limited factual information made available and is not intended as a full and complete response to the question. The only reliable manner to obtain complete and adequate legal advice is to consult with an attorney, fully explain your situation, and allow the attorney sufficient opportunity to research the applicable law and facts required to render an accurate opinion. The basic information provided above is intended as a public service but a full discussion with an attorney should be undertaken before taking any action.