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QUESTION: "How do I proceed?"
ANSWER: Pursuant to the Rules of professional Conduct, you have a right to be kept reasonably informed of the status of your case. Communication is a huge trust (or sometimes unfortunately mistrust) component of the attorney-client relationship. Obviously, as you have astutely identified, what you have been told has been filed, and what the docketing system shows has indeed been filed, should all match up. Otherwise, you have good cause for concern. Having said all of that, here is how I would proceed. First, obtain two things from your current legal counsel: (1) your complete file; and (2) his or her explanation as to each of your questions. Place both of these in a written request outlining your demand for your file and for adequate answers to each of your individual questions (i.e. You told me you had filed document X on such and such date. Did that happen? How do you explain the fact that the online system does not show such filing?). Should your lawyer fail to satisfy you within a reasonable time frame, your next step would be to seek formal intervention from the Maryland Attorney Grievance Commission: Complaint Form.
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