For the Public (FAQ's)

What is the National Organization of Bar Counsel?
The National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC) is a non-profit organization of legal professionals who enforce ethics rules and regulate the professional conduct of lawyers who practice law in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and other countries around the world.
The NOBC does not regulate the conduct of lawyers or have jurisdiction over the lawyer discipline decisions of member regulatory agencies. 


What are "Legal Ethics?”
Legal ethics are the ethics rules, codes or canons which govern the professional conduct of attorneys. They differ from jurisdiction to jurisdiction in the United States, but many jurisdictions generally follow the Model Rules of Professional Conduct (RPCs) promulgated by the American Bar Association (ABA).

How do I file a complaint against a lawyer?
The NOBC does not regulate the conduct of lawyers or have jurisdiction over the lawyer discipline decisions of member regulatory agencies.  To file a complaint against a lawyer, contact the attorney regulation agency in the jurisdiction where the lawyer is practicing. To help you contact the relevant attorney regulation agency, a list of the names of the agencies that are members of the NOBC is here.
 
Will the disciplinary agency reimburse money that an attorney stole from me?
No. However, many jurisdictions have Client Protection Funds which may provide reimbursement to clients who have lost money or property as a result of a lawyer's dishonest conduct in the practice of law.

For more information, contact the client protection agency in the jurisdiction where the lawyer practices.  The American Bar Association has a Directory of Lawyers' Funds for Client Protection for jurisdictions in the United States and Canada. 

What is Fee Arbitration?
Where a client believes that a lawyer has charged more than a reasonable fee for work performed, the dispute may be resolved through arbitration. Several states have established Fee Arbitration Committees for this purpose. The idea is to afford the client a prompt, economical and fair manner to resolve a disputed fee.

If you have a fee dispute problem, contact the attorney regulation agency in the jurisdiction where the lawyer is practicing and ask if that jurisdiction has a fee arbitration system in place. To help you contact the relevant attorney regulation agency, a list of the names of the agencies that are members of the NOBC is here



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