If they were hired to perform a specific task and failed to perform it, yes.
Did you pay a retainer? If so, they are obligated to handle all time sensitive paperwork related to your case, within whatever guidelines the court requires.
Do you have a balance that you are making payments on? My shitty attorney decided that because I missed a few, due to financial difficulty, he didn’t have to notify of discovery pertaining to my case. He was mistaken and committed malpractice by doing so. He stretched my divorce out way longer than necessary, forcing me to fire him and finish the case myself.
She's been great up until this. In the beginning she got an emergency hearing so that I could be granted temp guardian to get her additional medical coverage started, then the hearing for the permanent one, did the paperwork for the court so that I could liquidate her car and 401K to catch up on medical bills, and the other accounting requirements for the judge without an issue. And quick!
Then came this mess. I just don't understand it.
Finding another lawyer and starting over is going to suck balls.
In a way I'm glad I ended up having to go the judge route. The companies I've had to deal with regarding her stuff and having to prove I'm allowed to ... MUCH easier with a judges signature. Esp when it came to the DMV.
I never even saw a judge. The hospital sent a lawyer to me, I signed some shit and that was it. Basically the only rule is I have to make her decisions for her. My dad manages her assets and uses money from selling her possessions to put into her trust account.
I guess in my case there was no need for courts and what not. I just let my dad handle her possessions because he's better at selling antiques and whatnot (she has many) and I don't want to deal with it. I'm not close with my mom, and sometimes I wish there was someone else who could decide these things for her.