Complaining about a lawyer is usually uphill and  usually futile

THE LAW SOCIETY OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND REPRESENTS LAWYERS

 

Do not forget this.

 

You are just another "non-lawyer" and  law societies looks down on non lawyers.

 

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PEI Lawyer Referrals

WARNING: PEI LAW SOCIETY REFERRALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT:

Prince Edward Island Law Society referrals only give you one lawyer who is the next one on the list whose turn has come up.

 

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. The system stinks

Choose CanLaw Lawyer Referral Services over the Prince Edward Island Law Society

 

QUESTIONS TO ASK BEFORE RETAINING ANY LAWYER

Questions you should ask of both the Law Society and the lawyer before you 'retain any PEI lawyer

Check with CanLaw to see if we have any complaints on file

 

 

  • 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.
  • Ask if s/he has ever been disbarred, suspended, or disciplined by any Law Society anywhere.
  • Ask if she 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 Prince Edward Island

Most  PEI lawyers are hard working, honest and reliable.

 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

HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN PEI

 

Their are about 300 practicing full and part time lawyer/members of the PEI Law Society. Complaints run about 20 a year.

 

Your complaint will probably be trashed, but try anyway and complain to your MP and MPPMost 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 Prince Edward Island. 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.

 

KNOW THE RULES. IT WILL HELP YOUR COMPLAINT!

The Code of Professional Conduct for the PEI Law Society can be obtained here PEI RULES OF PROFESSIONAL CONDUCT from the Society's web site.

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Complaints?

The Discipline Process

The Prince Edward Island Law Society claims only about 20 complaints a year. That does not ring true.If you have a complaint about a lawyer which you want the  Prince Edward Island Law Society to investigate, you must first write a letter to the Law Society clearly outlining the problem and the lawyer's full contact information. Include your name, address and phone number.

Send the letter outlining the situation, along with any supporting documents, to:

The Secretary-Treasurer Law Society of P.E.I.

P.O. Box 128

Charlottetown, PE C1A 7K2

Telephone: (902) 566-1666

FAX: (902) 368-7557

Your letter starts the PEI discipline process. It has three stages:

  1. An exchange of letters and other documents between you and the PEI law society
  2. An investigation by a discipline committee
  3. A formal hearing by a second discipline committee.

Do not hold your breath. The process can be very slow before your complaint is dismissed.

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.