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At the first sign of a problem with your attorney, contact them right away.
If you do not agree with your lawyer’s advice, let them know, and listen to their explanation. If you aren’t satisfied with the answers, ask another lawyer for a second opinion. You may also consider hiring another lawyer, although that may delay the resolution of your case.
If you believe that your attorney acted unethically, you should consider filing a complaint with the State Bar. You can complete a complaint form online or download a PDF complaint form from the State Bar’s website. You may also call the State Bar at 800-843-9053 (in California) or 213-765-1200 (outside California) to discuss the complaint-filing process.
First, talk to your lawyer about it. You may find that the case was more complicated and took more time than you realized. Your lawyer may also find that a billing mistake was made. More information about resolving fee disputes
To file a complaint against your attorney, use the online complaint form. Or download a PDF version of the form. Fill it out and mail it to:
The State Bar of California
Office of Chief Trial Counsel, Intake Unit
845 South Figueora Street
Los Angeles, CA 90017-2515
There is no fee for filing a complaint, and you do not have to be a U.S. citizen.
In filing your complaint, you should provide copies of any documents that will help support your claim. Your allegations alone are not evidence. Supporting documents may include, for example, copies of retainer agreements, letters, canceled checks, or pleadings. Keep the original documents for your records.