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Friday, 4 May 2012

Attorney complaints in Trinidad and Tobago

Q: I paid an Attorney for a service since September 2011 and he has not done anything. He has refused to give me a full refund, instead offering to return half of what I gave him. 

A: Every client has a right to file a complaint or grievance against an Attorney who has acted in an unethical, incompetent, or criminal manner.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of quacks in Trinidad and Tobago calling themselves Lawyers, who fall into one, or all of the aforementioned categories.

Here are the steps to follow if you are not satisfied with your Attorney's performance:

1. Raise your concern with your Attorney in writing.

2. Consult with another Attorney. If you can't afford it, contact the Disciplinary Committee at the Hall of Justice.

3. At the offices of the Disciplinary Committee you will be given two forms:
Form 1 is the formal application to the Disciplinary Committee.
Form 2 is an affidavit which must be sworn by you before a Justice of the Peace/Commissioner of Affidavits/Notary Public.

I STRONGLY suggest that you consult an Attorney because these forms may be too complicated for non-legal minds.


  1. Is it most likely that the police will take e sword away? Or not, I wasn't to clear on your response

  2. I paid an attorney to do a deed of gift for me. The original deed was also a gift where the donor gifted it to herself along with 3 other persons. All parties agreed to gift it to me however, the attorney only did the gift to me from 3 out of the four person. Because i dont know much about that, i went ahead and applied for a mortgage to do some construction. I paid for a valuation report of the property and also a clearance certificate. Totalling 4000 and valid for 3 months. Approximately 2 months after applying for the mortgage another attorney calls and informs me of the issue at hand and that a rectification needs to be done before i can get the money. Now i am contacting the original attorney and i am getting a run around. Mind you, if it goes over 3 months i have to reapply for a valuation and clearance certificate. How and where can i seek redress?


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