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Was There a Problem with Your Legal Representation?
Although our focus at State Bar Help is to assist attorneys with matters concerning legal ethics and the California State Bar, we want to be sure that clients also know what to do if there was a problem with their legal representation.
How Do I File a State Bar Complaint?
As you may note from our breakdown of how the California State Bar Discipline System works, most attorneys face disciplinary charges when their clients file complaints with the State Bar. If you wish to file a misconduct complaint against an attorney who represented you, you can do so on the State Bar’s website.
When you fill out a complaint, you will be asked basic information about yourself, your attorney, if your complaint involves a court case, as well as any documents that can help the State Bar examine your complaint.
What Happens If My Complaint is Denied?
After about two to three weeks from filing your complaint, you will receive notification from the State Bar as to whether or not it believes an ethical violation may have occurred. If so, an investigation will follow – if not, you will receive an explanation. If you are not satisfied with the explanation, you may request – in writing – a review of this decision.
What Is the Client Security Fund?
The Client Security Fund is a discretionary fund established to reimburse people who lost financial resources or property as a result of theft or dishonest conduct by a California-licensed attorney. Malice is a key component here – you are unlikely to receive reimbursement if the lawyer merely acted with incompetence or failed to take an action.
The attorney need not have represented you, only caused you financial harm as a result of inappropriate conduct performed while acting as an attorney. You can find an application on the State Bar’s website.
What Can I Recover From the Client Security Fund?
Up to $100,000 can be claimed for reimbursement.
You can claim losses that occurred as a result of:
- Theft of funds entrusted to an attorney, such as a settlement
- Failure to refund for services not rendered
- Borrowing a client’s money with no ability or intention to repay
- Defrauding a client by claiming money or property will be invested when no such action takes place
You can learn more about what you can recover and your options for recourse by reaching out to our attorney online.
At State Bar Help, our goal is to help make a difference in how legal ethics are regarded and upheld by lawyers. While we primarily represent attorneys who need assistance to deal with disciplinary charges, work through an ethical dilemma, or have an ethics audit conducted, we understand that being a resource for clients is part of that process too.
By directing you to resources and providing guidance that can hold an attorney accountable for misconduct, we believe there is a net improvement in how society regards legal ethics.
For more information, please reach out to us by filling out our online contact form.