We lawyers are well aware of our ethical rules. Here in Michigan, we have to guard against a charge of "Neglect".
In the event an attorney grievance is filed against you, you probably want to know what may happen. Although there may be additional types of dispositions relating specifically to the attorney misconduct, the major ones are outlined below.
Running a law practice or law firm makes us all busy. It is amazing how much can come up in a day. Along with all the client calls, there are all kinds of other things that come along with the job. Accounting, calendar management, mail, e-mail, staff issues, timekeeping and billing responsibilities and the business of paying bills timely and keeping your office equipped and running. When I look back over my billing sheets, I am amazed at all the little things that I had to get done, and did get done, and all the time I had spent.
It starts like most days: appointments, phone calls to return, e-mails. You have been in your routine for some time now, so you pretty much know what to expect. Your day is for the most part set, and you have it handled. You check the mail, and there it is - a letter from the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission.