Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignorance of the law is not punished
There are many ways that lawyers misbehave even if they do not literally screw you as reported by the Minnesota Star Tribune :
One lawyer billed his client for the time they spent having sex. Another harbored a fugitive and lied to law enforcement, while a third raided a family trust she was paid to administer. One lawyer billed his client for the time they spent having sex. Another harbored a fugitive and lied to law enforcement, while a third raided a family trust she was paid to administer.
However, it all starts with the small things—unreturned phone call, dismissive phrase such "Do not worry, you hired an attorney" instead of explaining you a legal issue or answering your question. The communication with your attorney is the most important matter. Usually the client-lawyers relationship begins breaking down with communications. It does not mean that you should be checking constantly either by phone and e-mail, but you should maintain regular contact, frequency of which depends on what case event such as depositions, hearings, court filings, etc. The fact that you do not know law it does not mean that you cannot understand or learn it. You just need help and that is why you need a lawyer. Yet, client-lawyer relations are not of relations between a teacher and a student. Attorneys have a lot of responsibilities towards their clients — to be knowledgeable and diligent in representing client's interests, fiduciary responsibilities in providing correct invoices and administrating client's funds as well as advising client and taking actions that can affect client's financial interests, etc. Consult Rules of Professional Conduct setup by the Bar in your State that are available directly from the Bar or Office of the Bar Counsel. If you think that your attorney violated these rules you might check with Bar or Office of the Bar Counsel before confronting your attorney. While attorney cannot simply withdraw from representation without court permission and/or you finding a new counsel, any direct confrontation with attorney could be construed and used as an excuse by your attorney to withdraw from representation on the grounds of breakdown of attorney-client relations.