What are some common grounds for attorney discipline?

A major ethical breach occurs when attorneys fail to deliver money to clients or commit some type of fraud upon their own clients. Attorneys even are prohibited from commingling (mixing) their funds with that of their clients. The fear is that the attorneys will not return the necessary monies to the clients.

2.4 Interim Suspension

Interim suspension is the temporary suspension of a lawyer from the practice of law pending imposition of final discipline. Interim suspension includes:

(a) suspension upon conviction of a serious crime or,

(b) suspension when the lawyer’s continuing conduct is or is likely to cause immediate and serious injury to a client or the public.

2.5 Reprimand

Reprimand, also known as censure or public censure, is a form of public discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer’s right to practice.

2.6 Admonition

Admonition, also known as private reprimand, is a form of non-public discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer’s right to practice.

2.7 Probation

Probation is a sanction that allows a lawyer to practice law under specified conditions.

Probation can be imposed alone or in conjunction with a reprimand, an admonition or immediately following a suspension. Probation can also be imposed as a condition of readmission or reinstatement.

Another common problem is that attorneys fail to manage a case properly by not responding to court demands in a case or not filing the proper pleadings in a case. Another problem occurs when attorneys fail to file a lawsuit within the necessary time period called a statute of limitations. If a lawyer fails to file a lawsuit within the necessary time period, then the client loses his or her right to recover even if the suit is meritorious.