Terry lifts the mail out of his in-tray and casually flips through the envelopes. He sees the large envelope at the bottom of the pile with the Law Society logo in the corner. “What’s this about” he wonders? Other mail forgotten Terry tears open the envelope. “What on earth?” As his eyes scan the letter Terry’s stomach clenches and his brow furrows.
The dreaded occurrence is likely to announce itself in a letter from the Law Society or State Bar with supporting documents attached. More rarely a lawyer will receive a call.
Fear of a Law Society or State Bar complaint lurks in the minds of most lawyers. For many law is a calling, and the idea of being examined and found wanting is a horror.
Here’s what is important to know if the dreaded day arrives and you are subject to an investigation…