All practicing attorneys in New Jersey are subject to the state's Rules of Professional Conduct, which impose high standards of behavior when it comes to their behavior toward the courts, other attorneys and clients. Sometimes these rules are easy to understand and straightforward to apply, such as the fiduciary duty to clients and the responsibility not to misuse client funds. On other occasions, though, application of the rules can involve complicated fact patterns that trigger multiple potential violations of those rules.
Applying the RPC can be difficult if you do not know what they are and how an attorney may have violated them; you may believe that your attorney has committed legal malpractice but be unaware of how it has happened or what rules govern the possible violation. This is why, when you are convinced that your attorney has failed to meet his or her professional obligations toward you or your legal matter, you should consult with a law firm that practices in legal malpractice law and knows what to look for in an attorney's conduct that can serve as grounds for an ethics complaint, a legal malpractice complaint, or both.