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NH Bar Association's Dispute Resolution Committee
Dispute Resolution Committee
The NHBA Dispute Resolution Committee attempts to resolve disputes between NH attorneys and their clients that do not rise to the level of an ethical rule violation
 
Fee Disputes
If there is any disagreement or question concerning the fee charged by an attorney or the scope of the work being done by an attorney:

♦  the client should first discuss the matter with the attorney 
♦  request a detailed explanation.
 
Other Information
♦  There is no cost for the services of the Committee
♦  The proceedings of the Committee are confidential
♦  Committee hearings, decisions, and records are not open to the public, but may be reviewed by Dispute Resolution Committee members    
 
Limitations
The Committee is not able to become involved in:

♦ disputes over fees that are regulated by statute, agency rule, or court order
♦ disputes which are already the subject of pending litigation by either party
♦ this is a voluntary procedure, if your attorney should decline to participate in this dispute resolution process, the Committee cannot continue its involvement. 

The NH Bar Association has no authority to investigate complaints or discipline attorneys. 
 
How to file a complaint with the Committee
Written notices of disputes must contain the following information:

♦  the name of the people/person who is involved in the dispute;
♦  the name of any attorney involved in the dispute and their role, including opposing counsel, if any;
♦  an indication of whether there is a court case pending;
♦  a clear statement of the nature of and facts surrounding the dispute;
♦  how you'd like to see the matter resolved;
♦  the address and phone number where you can be contacted and the best time of day to reach you by phone.

Send the required information to:

NH Bar Association
Dispute Resolution Committee
2 PIllsbury Street
Suite 300
Concord, NH 03301   
 
After a complaint is filed with the Committee
♦  the attorney or client will be notified of the complaint by a member of the Committee
♦  the attorney or client is asked if he/she would like to assist in resolving the dispute

The Bar Association has no authority to mandate an attorney or a client to participate in the process; it is voluntary on the part of the individual.
 
Ethical Violations
If you think your dispute might be an ethical rule violation: 

♦  contact the Attorney Discipline Office to make that determination.
♦  Futher information on lodging a complaint about the ethical conduct of an attorney.

If the problem is not a violation of the NH Rules of Professional Conduct, then you may choose to seek the assistance of the NHBA Dispute Resolution Committee in attempting to resolve the dispute.       
  

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