Attorney Ethics

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Model Rules of Professional Responsibility

The American Bar Association developed the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility to resolve an attorney's moral and ethical dilemmas.  The Model Code of Professional Responsibility is broken up into several sections.  While this code comprehensively lays out guidelines for lawyers struggling to make sense of their ethical and moral choices, the guidelines that may be particularly relevant to clients are: 

I Think My Attorney Has Committed Malpractice. What Should I Do?
The first thing you should do is file a complaint with your attorney's State Bar Association. The Bar Association is an organization that licenses and regulates attorneys for each individual state. The Bar Association cannot, however, help you recover any damages you've suffered. To recover damages, you have to sue your attorney in court.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Help Me with My Attorney Malpractice Problem?
Proving that your attorney committed malpractice can be difficult. You have to know exactly what constitutes malpractice and show that your attorney actually committed malpractice. An experienced malpractice attorney can help you determine whether or not you're a victim of attorney malpractice. Additionally, a lawyer can file a lawsuit on your behalf and help pursue your attorney malpractice case in court if necessary.

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Last Modified: 08-24-2009 11:33 AM PDT

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