Your attorney is hired as your advocate, and you have the right to expect that the actions he takes will be in your best interest, based on current law and the standards of the legal profession. In addition, if your lawyer is honest, he will not allow you to hide evidence or provide false information.
At the same time, for the sake of transparency, your attorney will outline the pros and cons of your case, and while providing encouragement, he will also discuss negative issues as well, which can come up at times in any case.
Note also that your lawyer does not have complete control of your case. At times, he may have to wait for a hearing, a discovery schedule or a trial date, and he also works on other clients’ cases simultaneously. However, if circumstances permit, he should make every effort to settle your case expeditiously.
Finally, you should anticipate that your attorney will communicate with you, let you know how your case is progressing, and consult with you at regular intervals. Other professional obligations may prevent him for returning your phone calls at once, but someone on his staff should handle them, and he should get back to you as soon as he can.