Filing a complaint against your California attorney

When you hire a lawyer to represent you in a California legal matter, you likely do so with the utmost confidence that the person you chose will advocate on your behalf and act with your best interests in mind. Regrettably, however, some attorneys fail to do this, and if yours is among them, you may want to seek recourse. At Lange Law Corporation, we understand how frustrating it can be when your attorney drops the ball, and we have helped many people who found themselves in similar situations pursue solutions that fit their needs.

According to the State Bar of California, if you wish to file a complaint against your attorney, you will need to send your complaint to the State Bar’s Office of Chief Trial Counsel, at which point it will undergo review. If the State Bar lawyer who reviews your complaint finds that it lacks merit, the case will close, and you will receive notification of the closure in the mail.

If, however, the lawyer who reviews your complaint considers it valid, he or she will double back with the attorney who is the subject of the complaint to get his or her side of the story. Ultimately, the main goal in doing so is to determine whether what occurred between the two of you constituted a serious violation. If so, a thorough investigation into the matter will likely follow. If not, the lawyer in question may receive a warning about his or her behavior, or nothing at all.

If a subsequent investigation leads to formal charges against your lawyer, your case will move on to the State Bar Court. You can find more about professional malpractice on our webpage.