How can I be sure that my attorney is really on my side?
Parent’s attorneys do not work for DSHS nor for the Court. Court appointed attorneys are paid to represent you through the Washington Office of Public Defense. Attorneys and clients have a confidential relationship, which means that generally they may not disclose information relating to their representation of you without your consent. Of course, in order to advocate and negotiate for you, your attorney may discuss your case with social workers, the Attorney General’s office and other professionals. Attorneys are bound by Rules of Professional Conduct, and these rules apply whether attorneys are paid by a government agency or by you.