It depends on the arrangement between you and the lawyer. You may be able to help by gathering additional papers and/or other evidence, and by lining up witnesses that the lawyer could interview. Most importantly, give the lawyer as many details as you can about your case and report any new developments right away even if you feel the information is potentially harmful or unimportant. It may actually be important or helpful to your lawyer.
The lawyer may be able to provide a timetable that tells what still needs to be done, what will be done and when it will be done, but this isn't always possible. How long your case will take may partly depend on how busy the courts are. This is especially true for family law cases, law suits and other civil law matters.
If you have any questions as your case moves along, call the lawyer. Just remember that you may be charged for the time the lawyer spends talking to you, depending on the fee arrangement.
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