"I can't believe the lawyer is really blowing me off. I realize he's not obligated to respond to me but I thought he would at least have the common curtesy to do so. I guess not."
You guess right. Not.
But let me put it in perspective for you from the landlord's point of view.
As a former landlord, if I had to resort to paying an attorney to go after a former tenant for damages, I'd be irate (I'm not allowed to use stronger language here). I would instruct the attorney to file the lawsuit and ignore any attempted contact by the tenant, in essence letting the tenant sweat. I would also instruct the attorney to object to any motion filed by the tenant, especially a motion for any continuances.
Please understand that I'm not casting aspersions in your direction. I had rentals for 20 years and was frequently faced with tenants stiffing me for rent and damaging my property. So, any time I could rake a tenant over the coals, I cheerfully did so.
That psychology of landlord tenant relationships could certainly could explain why the attorney is ignoring you.
Or he could be concentrating on generating billable hours and he's not returning anybody's calls. We get a lot of those complaints in the lawyer complaint boards on this website.
"One more question though. Is there anyway to get around filing in person? Can I file the forms via certified mail? I no longer live in the area and to get there is about a 6 hour drive."
I would avoid certified mail because people duck certified mail as bad news. I don't know if you would have to be concerned with a court or an attorney ducking certified mail, but if you do send it to the court and the attorney that way, I'd also fax it to both (make your machine prints out the confirmation of transmissions to the recipient's phone numbers) and also send it regular mail to both.
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