The Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana 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 with Montana State Bar complaints.
Rules of Professional Conduct
The Montana Professional Conduct Rules will help you to understand where possible attorney grievance violations have occurred with your lawyer.
Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement:
The Montana Disciplinary Procedural Rules are the guidelines governing the discipline of attorneys and provides the most comprehensive explanation around the rules, process, and sanctions.
Disciplinary Process Flowchart:
The Montana Disciplinary Process 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 Montana 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 Montana.
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 attorney grievance commission that handles complaints against Montana attorneys.
The Office of Disciplinary Counsel for the State of Montana Annual Report is another source of helpful information. It provides eye-opening statistics and a must-read for anyone wishing to understand their odds when filing Montana State Bar complaints against attorneys.