Attorney Ethics

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What Are Attorney Ethics?

Attorney ethics describe a set of state codes and rules the regulates the conduct of lawyers. These codes ensure lawyers follow the law, pursue justice, and zealously advocate their client's best interests.

Model Rules of Professional Responsibility

Every state is responsible for drafting their own set of codes of professional responsibility governing attorney ethics. The American Bar Association developed the Model Rules of Professional Responsibility to act a guideline for ethical conduct and help resolve moral and ethical dilemmas.

While this code is not binding, it does comprehensively lay out guidelines for state bar associations - or even attorneys who find an unclear area of the codes in their state - to make sense of their ethical and moral choices. The concepts that may be particularly relevant to clients are: 

What Should I Do If I Think My Attorney Has Committed Malpractice?

The first thing someone who suspects their lawyer of malpractice should do is talk to their lawyer and ask for some explanation. If the lawyer is unresponsive or not willing to discuss the matter, then that person may wish to 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.

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: 07-02-2014 02:59 PM PDT

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