The State Bar of Texas website provides a wealth of good information, but the following are essential sources of information you will need if you are trying to get a refund from your attorney, file a grievance, or both. 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 Texas Bar Association complaints.
Rules of Professional Conduct
The Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct is accessible from the State Bar of Texas Grievance & Ethics page. These rules will help you to understand where possible attorney grievance violations have occurred with your lawyer.
Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement:
The Texas Rules of Disciplinary Procedure is accessible from the State Bar of Texas Grievance & Ethics page. These are the guidelines governing the discipline of attorneys and provides the most comprehensive explanation around the rules, process, and sanctions.
Disciplinary Process Flowchart:
The Texas 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 Texas Bar Association complaints against attorneys.
Local Bar Offices & Websites
I would recommend finding and contacting your local bar office to learn more about the fee dispute program offerings for your Texas. These local bar websites are a good starting point, but I would highly recommend speaking to a representative to get clear explanations on the different options. Texas offers a fee dispute arbitration, but it requires voluntary participation on behalf of the attorney.
Lawyer Disciplinary Agency:
After a cursory overview of the rules, locate your nearest Lawyer Disciplinary Agency office and speak to a representative about your possible violations and the grievance process. This agency is the division that handles Texas Bar Association complaints against attorneys.
The Texas Grievance & Ethics Information page is another source of helpful information. I particularly liked the Annual Report of the Commission for Lawyer Discipline since it provides a much better overview of the attorney discipline process including some eye-opening statistics. A must-read for anyone wishing to understand their odds when filing Texas Bar Association complaints against attorneys. You can review Texas’s State Bar grievance statistics here as well.