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Domestic Relations – Parent & Child – Termination of Parental Rights – Appeals – No-Merit Brief – Client’s Disappearance – First Impression (access required)

Given the constitutional right at issue in termination-of-parental-rights cases, when appellate counsel files a no-merit brief but cannot find his client, we must consider such situations on a case-by-case basis. In this case, due to the exhaustive – but unsuccessful – efforts of appellate counsel to reach the respondent-the father, and in the exercise of ...

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