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Divorce Attorney Not Releasing My Documents - HELP

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Assuming you do not owe your former attorney any money, if your attorney does not provide you with the documents you requested, you can file a complaint with the state Bar Association.
In many states, including NY, the state bar association is a voluntary trade organization for lawyers and has no authority to regulate or discipline lawyers. In some states that is the function of the state bar (without the word association), which often leads to confusion on this for members of the public in those states. In NY, unlike many states, there is no single state wide body that takes attorney complaints and oversees the initial discipline of lawyers. Rather, the disciplinary body is done by the appropriate state Appellate Division - Judicial Department Grievance Committee. There are four Departments, and which one you file the complaint with depends on where the attorney's office is located. The information for each grievance committee can be found here: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/grievance/complaints.shtml
 


quincy

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In many states, including NY, the state bar association is a voluntary trade organization for lawyers and has no authority to regulate or discipline lawyers. In some states that is the function of the state bar (without the word association), which often leads to confusion on this for members of the public in those states. In NY, unlike many states, there is no single state wide body that takes attorney complaints and oversees the initial discipline of lawyers. Rather, the disciplinary body is done by the appropriate state Appellate Division - Judicial Department Grievance Committee. There are four Departments, and which one you file the complaint with depends on where the attorney's office is located. The information for each grievance committee can be found here: http://ww2.nycourts.gov/attorneys/grievance/complaints.shtml
Right. The fee dispute link I provided earlier includes that same information and that same link for filing a complaint.
 
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