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When you file a complaint against an lawyer to the Bar what happens next?

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Theresa Perry on June 26, 2019

All complaints filed in a state Bar are reviewed by Bar counsel to determine if the complaint has sufficient merit to justify a full investigation. In most cases, a ccopy of your complaint will be sent to the lawyer for a response. Once the lawyer receives the response, your complaint and your response will be reviewed again by Bar counsel to determine what additional steps, if any, should be taken. You will be sent a written notification of the decision. If it is determined that there is not enough evidence to merit a formal investigation, then you will be notified. However, if there is not enough information to establish that an ethics violation possibly occurred, a formal investigation will be opened. Some research will be sent to local Bar grievance committees, and others, will be investigated by the Bar. The processing of most formal investigations at this stage can last from six to eighteen months, depending on the complexity of the situation. You will be notified in writing of the outcome of your complaint. You may be contacted during the investigation. If a hearing is held before the Board of discipline, you may be required to attend and give testimony.


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