As part of National Consumer Protection Week, The State Bar of California is issuing a series of consumer protection guidelines to help ensure that Californians have access to qualified, ethical attorneys.
Protecting the public is a central plank of the State Bar's mission, and that mission includes making sure the public has access to legal representation without fear of fraud or incompetence. If you are in need of a lawyer for any reason, following the guidelines below can help ensure that your legal representation is adequate, ethical and fair.
What to do before you hire a lawyer:
How to make sure your representation is fair:
Firing your attorney:
What to do if you think a lawyer has wronged you:
How to find a lawyer and what to look out for: