Thinking about filing an ethics complaint to the state attorney disciplinary board? You should absolutely seek justice after falling victim to an attorney’s unethical behavior — which can either mean filing a grievance with the State Bar of Texas or hiring an attorney, like Ross Sears II, to help you sue your previous lawyer.
At Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers because of our commitment to our clients and our profession. An attorney has a duty to their client and we believe in upholding it. Call Ross Sears II at Sears Crawford today at (713) 223-3333 to discuss your case today.
What is the most common reason for an attorney to be disciplined? The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct (TDRPC) outline the high standards of conduct to which attorneys are held. An attorney violating the TDRPC does not necessarily mean that they have committed malpractice, but it may be worth filing a grievance against them. One of the most common complaints by a client against their attorney is failure to communicate with the client. This is a common complaint that can often give rise to a grievance, but likely won’t result in a legal malpractice lawsuit, because it usually doesn’t result in monetary damages to the client.
What types of attorney misconduct constitute malpractice, that would justify suing your attorney? Some of the more common examples of malpractice include:
Negligence occurs when an attorney fails to do something that a reasonable attorney would have done or does something they would not have done, in a similar situation. Things like missed deadlines, misapplying the law, or taking on cases outside of their expertise are considered negligence.
Failure to obtain client consent applies to attorneys agreeing to settlements or resolutions without disclosing or seeking approval from their clients.
Breach of fiduciary duty occurs when your lawyer does not act in your best interest. Conflicts of interest, self-serving decisions, or withholding information from a client are all breaches of a lawyer’s fiduciary duty.
If you have reason to believe that your attorney was negligent or breached their fiduciary duty, you may have a malpractice case against them. We know that hiring another attorney is likely the last thing that you want to do, but at Sears Crawford, we sue lawyers to make things right.
Call us today to discuss whether or not you have a case, and keep reading to learn more about ethics complaints and the attorney disciplinary board.