The Law Society of Manitoba protects lawyers from non lawyers. That means you.

SHOULD YOU TRUST THE

LAW SOCIETY OF MANITOBA?

 

Questions you should ask of both the Law Society and the lawyer before you retain any Manitoba lawyer.

Find a Lawyer?

BEWARE OF MANITOBA LAW SOCIETY LAWYER REFERRALS

  • Ask if s/he has ever been disbarred, suspended, or disciplined by any Law Society anywhere.
  • Ask if s/he has been the subject of fee reviews.
  • Ask if any complaints have been made against her regardless of the outcome to the Law Society.
  • Check that s/he is in good standing with The Law Society of Manitoba.
  • Ask when s/he was admitted to the Bar. (This will tell you how long they have been in practice.)
  • Ask if s/he specializes in the area of law you in which you require assistance.
  • What specialist training or  certification does s/he have?
  • Ask how many similar cases s/he has handled? How many were won.

RETAINING A LAWYER? WARNING: MANITOBA LAW SOCIETY REFERRALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT

There is no checking of skills, suitability or experience. Lawyers using law societies referrals pay a fee and when it is their turn they get the referral.

Law Society referrals are based on a bored telephone clerk asking you where you want a lawyer. She then looks at her list and takes the name of the next lawyer whose turn has come up

Avoid law society referrals. They are not reliable.

MAKE NO MISTAKE. MOST MANITOBA LAWYERS ARE HONEST, HARD WORKING AND CAN BE TRUSTED TO DO THEIR BEST FOR YOU.

Unfortunately, there are bad apples who make life difficult for clients and the other lawyers.

The Law Societies do not weed these bad apples out. They protect them from consumer complaints

HOW TO CONTACT THE

 

Law Society of Manitoba

       219 Kennedy Street

       Winnipeg, MB R3C 1S8

Tel: 204-942-5571

Fax: 204-956-0624

 

Law societies help lawyers, they do not help consumers

Complaints?

TO FILE A COMPLAINT ABOUT A MANITOBA LAWYER

HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN Manitoba

There are about 1550 practicing full and part time lawyer/members of the Law Society of Manitoba. Complaints run about 165 a year.The law society will probably throw out your complaint.

Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing. However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in Manitoba. The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages

Most complaints to any Law Society are dismissed. Most complaints are simply frivolous and few have any real merit. Complaints should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.

 

Quoted from the Law Society of Upper Canada web site:

" If you are concerned about your lawyer's conduct or the discharge of his/her duties...

You may submit a complaint, in writing only, to the Manitoba Law Society. All complaints are reviewed by a staff lawyer to determine whether the concerns expressed are within the  Manitoba Law Society's jurisdiction or merit investigation.

The majority of complaints received by the Law Society are forwarded to the lawyer named in the complaint, and he or she is required, under the Law Society's Rules, to provide a written response within 14 days. In the normal course, a copy of the response is sent to the complainant, who is given an opportunity to respond. Sometimes it is determined that a satisfactory explanation has been provided, or that  the matter can be resolved through a reminder of professional obligations.

More serious complaints are referred to the Complaints Investigation Committee which reviews the lawyer's conduct to determine if charges of incompetence, professional misconduct or conduct unbecoming a lawyer should be authorized. The Complaints Investigation Committee also considers matters which deal with a lawyer's competency and standards of practise, and may recommend that a lawyer complete a remedial  program.

 A number of less serious complaints may be dealt with through the Law Society's telephone mediation program."

CanLaw is proudly independent and NOT AFFILIATED IN ANY WAY WITH ANY LAW SOCIETY ANYWHERE.

Asking a law society to help is like asking a snake not to bite you.

We are NOT lawyers. We caution all consumers to be very careful in dealing with any Law Society since they represent lawyers only. They do not represent you the client.  CanLaw provides legal information and resources. CanLaw never provides legal advice.