Bar Grievance and Fee Dispute Information for Washington State Bar Complaints

The Washington State Bar Association 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 Washington State Bar complaints.

Rules of Professional Conduct

The Washington Rules of Professional Conduct are the rules that will help you to understand where possible attorney grievance violations have occurred with your lawyer.

Rules for Lawyer Disciplinary Enforcement:

The Washington Rules of Disciplinary Procedure are the guidelines governing the discipline of attorneys and provides the most comprehensive explanation around the rules, process, and sanctions.

Disciplinary Process Flowchart:

The Washington 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 Washington State Bar 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 Washington. 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.

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

Other Information:

The Washington Annual Report on Lawyer Discipline is another source of helpful information 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 and a good primer of Washington State Bar complaints against attorneys.