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Lawyer Regulation, Gwynne A. Young

 

When I hire a lawyer, what are my rights as a client?

When I hire a lawyer, what are my rights as a client?

If I'm having a problem with my lawyer, how can The Florida Bar help?

If I’m having a problem with my lawyer, how can The Florida Bar help?

What authority regulates the practice of law in Florida?

What authority regulates the practice of law in Florida?

Is there any public involvement in lawyer regulation?

Is there any public involvement in lawyer regulation?

Does The Florida Bar regulatory process take place in secret?

Does The Florida Bar regulatory process take place in secret?

How many Florida lawyers are disciplined each year?

How many Florida lawyers are disciplined each year?

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When I hire a lawyer, what are my rights as a client?
A “Statement of Clients’ Rights” approved by the Florida Supreme Court must be read and signed by both attorney and client in most contingency fee matters. The Florida Bar also provides “10 Basic Rights” that clients are entitled to by law or by custom. These include having a capable and ethical lawyer who will zealously represent you and seek any lawful means to present or defend your case, and who will inform you periodically about the status of your case. In most contingency fee cases, a Statement of Clients’ Rights approved by The Supreme Court must be read and signed by both attorney and client.

If I’m having a problem with my lawyer, how can The Florida Bar help?
The Florida Bar can assist clients with any problems or concerns with their lawyers through the Attorney Consumer Assistance Program. The Florida Bar can contact your attorney directly to try to resolve problems or may refer your problem to a local circuit professionalism panel if necessary Bar staff will assist in filing a complaint. Additional information about clients’ rights and resolving issues with lawyers is available on The Florida Bar’s website.

What authority regulates the practice of law in Florida?
The Florida Supreme Court has the constitutional authority and responsibility to regulate the practice of law and oversee the lawyer discipline system. The Florida Bar is charged by the Florida Supreme Court with lawyer regulation as its core function. The court makes all of The Rules Regulating The Florida Bar and imposes discipline on lawyers who violate the rules.

Is there any public involvement in lawyer regulation?
There is public involvement in lawyer regulation in Florida and it is highly valued. The Florida Bar’s grievance system involves the person who files the complaint, as well as community volunteers who serve as members on Florida Bar grievance committees, and two public members of The Florida Bar Board of Governors.

Does The Florida Bar regulatory process take place in secret?
The Florida Bar has one of the most open grievance systems in the country and among all of the regulated professions in Florida. Public records from grievance files are available at certain stages of the case and all filings with the Florida Supreme Court are public record. In addition, a 10-year discipline history for lawyers is available on The Florida Bar website with links to key documents.

How many Florida lawyers are disciplined each year?
Annually, six to seven percent of Florida Bar members are disciplined by The Florida Supreme Court. The great majority of Florida lawyers follow the rules of legal practice and conduct themselves ethically. Those who do not are thoroughly investigated, prosecuted and disciplined.