Can an attorney demand I appear (via voice message only) in a family court proceeding without a subpoena?
Unfortunately you don't state the circumstances or nature of the proceeding. I will provide you information only regarding family court and Rhode Island Domestic Relations law.
No. Under Rhode Island Domestic Relations law you must be served with the subpoena and fees must be tendered to you by law for one day's attendance and mileage at a minimum. A voice message by itself from an attorney for your appearance in any Rhode Island Family Court does not constitute valid authority requiring you to appear.
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