It’s just a “…quick question. Just one question. Does the father of my baby have any rights and will I get in trouble if…”
We all get them. A voice-mail left in the inbox, an email or a comment/question on the website. The problem is answering just one question could very well be considered rendering legal advice. Upon that being done, a lawyer’s responsibility can grow exponentially. Huh?
You call and say;
“this is Miranda. I just want to know if Ricky can see my baby and if I’ll get in trouble if I don’t let him. We went to court some years ago and the judge said he had to pay but that I had custody…”
There is no way to answer the above adequately without more information.
- What did the Order state?
- Who has legal custody?
- Who has physical custody?
- Does he have visitation?
- Why are you refusing?
- Is he dangerous?
- What was he ordered to pay?
- Is he in arrears?
Without more information any answer is dangerous and could very likely be wrong. And once you’ve relied upon it and then sued over it you say, “Well, Lawyer so-and-so told me to do “x.”
That is why lawyers do not call you back when you are not a client. (When you are a client and don’t get a call back is another story entirely, and a blog for another day.)
Matthew Thompson is a family law attorney and sometimes cannot respond to the comments and questions left on this site because of lack of information. Additionally, if you do not include a means to contact you directly the only way to respond is through a public posting which would require disclosing your information which is generally not appropriate.