When you approach a lawyer, and the said lawyer agrees to be your representative in legal matters both of you are involved in a two-way working relationship. You two have the same objective which is to accomplish a successful resolution for your legal affairs. It is your right as the client to expect your lawyer to provide you with competent representation.
Most attorneys provide an excellent representation of their clients but then, once in a while, you will see a lawyer that make mistakes or act improperly. If you find yourself in this situation as a client, you are free to file a complaint against such a lawyer. However, it is not proper to blame your lawyer and file complaint because your case did not go as you wanted it.
If you are not happy with your lawyer’s representation, it is vital to find out the reasons first of all. When you determine the reasons, and they are worth laying a legal complaint, then the body that is responsible for overseeing the law practice in your state will gladly receive your complaint. Note that filing a complaint is quite different from filing a Legal Malpractice Lawsuit against a lawyer.
This lawsuit is taking court action to get back any damages which you may have suffered due to his or her misconduct or mistake in legal matters.
Reasons for Filing a Complaint
Even though they are lawyers, they can receive disciplinary action if they violate the ethical standards during their legal representation. Certain reasons can warrant you to file a complaint against your layer during your legal representation. Such reasons like;
If your Lawyer do not Communicate
It is quite distressing when a lawyer does not communicate or return the calls of his or her client. If your attorney neglects to communicate with you for a long period, you can take it as a sign of abandonment by the lawyer. Any lawyer who is guilty of this fact has violated his or her lawyer’s ethical obligations. The first thing you should do is to write a firm but polite letter to your attorney listing out your fears so that you can get his or her attention. Make sure that the letter is not threatening in any way so that the lawyer does not become defensive and angry.
However, if the attorney fails to respond positively and the matter continues, you can suggest mediation so that both of you can work out the issue. When all your efforts prove abortive and you have concluded that you can no longer work with the lawyer, you can then fire the lawyer and look for a new person. The second lawyer will provide you with the necessary assistance in evaluating the former lawyer’s actions and to file a complaint against the former with the disciplinary agency.
If the Lawyer is Completely Incompetent or Dishonest
If you find out that your lawyer performed with total incompetence or stole from you during the legal representation, you can file a complaint.
How to File a Complaint Against a Lawyer?
If you are certain that you have a valid complaint to file against your attorney, you should make it known to the agency that withholds or grants the license to practice in their state. Every state has their specific disciplinary agency that examines any complaint lodged against a lawyer. Moreover, there is a department of the Supreme Court that takes care of these complaints in most states.
These agencies are likely to act if they find out that your lawyer has violated his or her ethical obligations to you. They are known as the disciplinary board. If you want to find them, you can check out the court system’s website of your state. If they review complaints filed against lawyers, you will surely find the instructions on how you can lodge your complaint.
When you file your complaint, and it is sustained, the board for disciplinary actions will begin their investigation. Unfortunately, most of these disciplinary agencies are well-known for taking long periods of time. They do not communicate properly or follow complaints seriously. Even most of the agencies do not react against the said lawyer until they have received various complaints about him or her. It is still vital to file a complaint against a lawyer that performed legal misconduct.