Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Legal Malpractice for Tennessee

Q: What forms are needed to file for a replacement of appointed attorney with a different appointed attorney?

My court appointed attorney has not presented crucial evidence in my case with dcs and an abuse based on neglect ruling was made because of it. He refused to appeal. Now the dcs is defying court orders that are necessary to get my child home, they are refusing to provide me copies of court orders and cftm meetings, which by law I have the right to. They are refusing to allow me to be informed and present at my child's medical appointments which is also court ordered. My attorney knows and has do e nothing to rectify. He goes months without contacting me until dcs has a problem with me

1 Lawyer Answer
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Mr. William Ray Glasgow
Answered

A: Rarely will a court appointed attorney be replaced with different appointed counsel. I am not aware of any "forms" for doing so. Before you do anything, ask yourself if you have fully cooperated with your attorney and what part you have in the matter not being resolved. If you genuinely believe you have not been represented responsibly and zealously, you can file a complaint with the court and with the Board of Professional Responsibility to make them aware of what you believe is ineffective assistance of counsel. The best remedy is to hire an experienced attorney familiar with juvenile law in your area. Or simply cooperate with DCS. The Department usually wants parents to raise their own children and it makes efforts to reunify families.

Marjorie A Bristol agrees with this answer

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