The Arkansas Bar Association website is the best starting point if you are trying to file a grievance. But do not go it alone, remember to buy Dispute It – A Layman’s Guide on How to Get an Attorney Refund & File a Bar Grievance, to greatly increase your chances for Arkansas State Bar complaints.
Rules of Professional Conduct
The Arkansas Rules of Professional Conduct will help you to understand where possible attorney grievance violations have occurred with your lawyer.
Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement:
The Arkansas Rules of Attorney Discipline are the guidelines governing the discipline of attorneys. This website is the most comprehensive explanation around the rules, process, and sanctions.
Disciplinary Process Flowchart:
The Arkansas Disciplinary System Flowchart is perhaps the most helpful document for the layman since it provides a visual representation of each step and the decision gates when filing Arkansas State Bar complaints against attorneys.
Local Bar Offices & Websites
I would recommend you contacting your local bar office to learn more about the fee dispute program offerings for Arkansas. Arkansas provides a fee dispute arbitration.
Lawyer Disciplinary Agency:
After a cursory overview of the rules, contact the Lawyer Disciplinary Agency office and speak to a representative about your possible violations and the grievance process. This agency is the division that handles Arkansas State Bar complaints against attorneys.
The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct & Office of Professional Conduct Reports is another source of helpful information. It provides eye-opening statistics and a must-read for anyone wishing to understand their odds when filing Arkansas State Bar complaints against attorneys. You can review your state bar’s grievance statistics here as well.