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Is it possible to report a lawyer for ethics violations if you are not the client?

2 Answers. Asked on May 15th, 2017 on Elder Law - New Jersey
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Can I file an ethics complaint against my 90 year old Grandmother's estate lawyer? This lawyer helped my Aunt maneuver my Grandmother into buying her (my Aunt) and her daughters (my cousins) a house. My Grandmother now calls us crying saying she is losing her will to live in this disfunctional household. The household features domestic abuse, child abuse and of course financial exploitation of my Grandmother. I am going to report this to the County Prosecutor's elder abuse hotline. Can I also report my Grandmother's lawyer for ethics violations? I am not a client and have had no dealings with this lawyer.
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Answered on May 16th, 2017 at 5:40 AM

I think you could report anything you feel to be a violation, but I'm not sure it rises to the level of an ethics violation.  At the time your grandmother made this arrangement, perhaps she thought it was a good idea, or that it solved a problem of needing care or not being alone.  I understand the situation is not working out the way she wanted, but without knowing the people involved, its hard to say that the lawyer committed an ethical violation.  

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Answered on May 16th, 2017 at 5:39 AM

I think you could report anything you feel to be a violation, but I'm not sure it rises to the level of an ethics violation.  At the time your grandmother made this arrangement, perhaps she thought it was a good idea, or that it solved a problem of needing care or not being alone.  I understand the situation is not working out the way she wanted, but without knowing the people involved, its hard to say that the lawyer committed an ethical violation.  

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As adults age, they often lose some mental acuity while also facing more physical limitations. These health conditions put senior citizens at greater risk of exploitation and abuse. At the same time, the elderly need to think about their long-term medical and financial needs, and make estate plans to ensure their legacy after they pass away. An elder law attorney can work with seniors and their families to address issues such as advanced directives, powers of attorney, living wills and last wills and testaments. Elder law lawyers can also help families intervene if a guardianship or conservatorship is necessary. And personal injury law firms with experience in elder issues can help victims of elder abuse and nursing abuse take civil and criminal legal actions against their abusers.
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