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Can I file a complaint on a lawyer even if it isn't my lawyer? My ex's lawyer has been doing some underhanded things.

1 Answers. Asked on Feb 16th, 2016 on Legal Malpractice - Utah
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Answered on Feb 16th, 2016 at 12:57 PM

It all depends on what you mean a complaint. If you mean a complaint with the Utah State Bar for ethical violations, it is my understanding that you can. If you mean sue the attorney for acts that have caused you problems, or loss of property or rights, probably not, as that person is not your attorney and owes you no loyalty.

However, it the divorce is pending in some way, you may be able to seek attorney fees against the person for inappropriate filings, and the like; or perhaps obtain a restraining order or injunction, depending on the facts of the case.

You really should review your case, and the facts, with an experienced family law attorney who also knows about legal malpractice. I have handle both types of cases.

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The vast majority of attorneys act ethically and diligently representing the interests of their clients. But what happens when you hire a lawyer who has a conflict of interest, makes errors in your representation, is negligent or breaches his or her fiduciary duty? In those instances, you may have grounds for a legal malpractice complaint or lawsuit. Law firms that represent the victims of legal malpractice can help you file a complaint with your state's lawyer registration and disciplinary commission, while also filing a civil lawsuit against your former attorney.
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