If you are being represented by another attorney in a State Nursing Board Matter then you need to say this FIRST to any license defense attorney you contact. To not do so is rude, and shows a lack of common courtesy.
If you have retained an attorney to represent, counsel, and advise you before the State Nursing Board why then do you need to contact and ask another attorney questions about your case, situation, facts, and circumstances anyway? Call the attorney you retained and schedule an appointment with him/her to review your questions.
If you need a second opinion about your case, then "say so" to the second attorney upfront and compensate the second attorney for his or her time. I charge $19.95 for second opinions. Don't try to play with me on the phone because I have been doing this for a while and I can smell tire kickers.
I have been in private law practice since 2001 and there is a first time for everything. I actually had someone contact me and proceed to ask me questions about his/her case before the State Nursing Board because this nurse's legal counsel was not available to take his/her telephone call. Guess, whose number I blocked out from calling my office? Yes, I do block calls personally and professionally Sugar Cakes.
You get paid by the hour like most attorneys. Most of my cases are flat fee however is this really an effective use of Hot Mama's time taking your call because the attorney you retained is not available to speak with you right now?
Do you not have any self-control or the patience to leave a voice mail for your attorney and then f/u with him/her about your case? Are you Baby Chris? Baby Chris is my cute green-eyed two-year old nephew who needs everything here and right now and will fall out and scream for any and everything.
Most attorneys or staff return calls immediately, within hours, or a day anyway. Also why do you feel the need to speak with another attorney if you are already represented by counsel? If you have an emergency and your attorney you called is not available to speak with you that day or within a few hours, this is not my emergency.
In my office, if you have a legal emergency (IMO this is ANY Nursing Board case and the nurse is unrepresented) or if you are a client, then Tina will get you in to speak with me or meet with me. Remember I am a recovering work-a-holic who relapses daily and I go hard here at LDW Law so I have meetings as early as 6am or as late as 8pm because the nurses who I serve (this is my calling, Apple Dumpling) work 24 hours a day.
So, Pumpkin Pie, you cannot reach your attorney or his/her staff? I am sorry and I apologize. I learned this in Divorce Rebuilding that you should apologize for any and everything even if it is not your issue, concern, matter, or planet. This is moreover, an issue for you, your attorney, and his/her staff not mine. You need to address this with the attorney you retained not me.
If you have retained an attorney to represent you, then call that particular attorney. This is common sense; do not call around and try to get your questions answered by another license defense attorney. If you are doing this, you are wasting the time of attorneys you are contacting for a freebie.
At least 2x week, I hear "I retained Attorney B to represent me this morning but Attorney B is not a nurse or Attorney B does not have any experience with my type of case and I want to know what you think about...."
Really? Honestly what am I supposed to do with this information? Honestly? We are willing to work with and help anyone here at LDW Law (I DO NOT take State Nursing Board cases with intentional, extreme, and double nasty-super freak sexual allegations because Sweet Mama has to be able to sleep at night) but really?
My standard response is now "Thank you for contacting me however you need to speak with the attorney you retained and paid to represent you, not me."