My friend have a Work Permit since March 2009 and will be expired until March 2010, he went to Immigration Court Monday and his case has postponed until March 2010 for individual hearing. Today he checked his case info over the phoneline and found that his clock has stopped. But even yesterday, his clock was still running for over 300days. The background is like this. He does not want a lawyer anymore and wants to represent himself because he could not afford a lawyer anymore and did not pay for his lawyer for the Monday hearing. In court Monday, his lawyer show in court and told the judge that his client just told him his wish to postpone the hearing over a month ago and no more any contacts. The judge asked my friend why you did not contact your attorney and it is your responsibility to contact your attorney. My friend did not say his real reason why he did not contact his attorney, he just saying he changed his phone number. Please advise. 1. The clock stopped since today, which means he can not renew his Work Permit before the current one expired next March? 2. The clock stopped since today, which means his current Work Permit is expired from today even the Work Permit card shows expiration date is next March. 3. My friend said he never has signed any retainer agreement with his attorney, he paid to his third party who can speak his language every time he went to court. Which means he paid for each court date.What will the lawyer do to collect money for his Monday showing up? 4. He will go to court next March without a lawyer, he is just afraid the attorney will show up again and say something not in favor to his case, what does he should do to avoid this? 5. What potential problems he will have with the attorney and his case or Work Permit? Thank you so much for your help.