Working with Your Attorney

Keeping in Contact With Your Attorney

  1. Phone
  2. Email
  3. Trusted Messenger
  • Make sure your voicemail is set-up and your mailbox has space for new messages
  • If there is a time in the day when you are more likely to be available, share that with your dependency team or leave that information on your voicemail.
  • Click here for information to access a free phone
  1. Your attorney assignment 

The Court will appoint an attorney to represent you for free.  

  • If you do not want a Court-appointed attorney, you may choose your own legal representation and will be responsible for their fee.  

The Temporary Custody Notice will tell you how to contact your attorney.  

  • Your attorney’s contact information will also be included in the notice Preliminary Protective Conference and Hearing, delivered to you by the DCS case manager within 24 hours after the dependency is filed.  
  • If you do not receive the Temporary Custody Notice and/ or the Preliminary Protective Conference and Hearing notification, contact your DCS Investigator or contact your DCS home office. 

If you have misplaced your attorney’s information or cannot recall who your court-appointed attorney is, please contact Defense Services; they are happy to help.  

  1. The role of your attorney
  1. How to best work with your attorney 
  1. if you are having a problem with your attorney 
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