There is nothing that bothers legal clients more than when their lawyer doesn’t take their calls or call them back promptly. This simply drives clients mad. Does this mean the lawyer is avoiding them or is there a valid reason for such inaction? It depends.
The lawyer-client relationship can be a strong one, but it usually is not consistent. Instead, it tends to start strong, lag for a bit and then pick up strength again later on in the proceedings. This has nothing to do with the personalities of the attorney or client. Instead, the legal system involves a whole lot of waiting in many instances. Filing a lawsuit can be very emotional, but it then can take a year or more before you actually go to trial. This delay is even true in administrative matters like filing a trademark. The Patent and Trademark Office is so backed up that it actually sends out a postcard to trademark filers after four months just to let them know the filing has been received!
So, why isn’t your lawyer calling you? The first reason is they are busy. You are not their only client. If they are in the middle of a three week trial, they don’t have time to call you. Most will try to have a paralegal or secretary give you a ring, but this can slip sometimes because they trial takes all their attention.