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Can a complaint be filed with the California State Bar against a licensed attorney who was not my attorney, but withheld money due to an unrelated real property partnership and violated rules of ethics?

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My partner in a real property investment withheld money, did not pay his portion of real property taxes, and stated that since the value of the property had decreased, he would rather see it be foreclosed upon than pay his full share. As a result, the remaining 2 partners lost their principal investment The partner is a licensed attorney. He was no acting in the capacity of an attorney on this transaction, and represented neither me nor the 3rd partner. Will the State Bar consider reviewing the facts or is my only alternative to file a lawsuit against the attorney? Thanks for your time and help

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Aug 13, 2018
I'm sorry to hear about that. Unfortunately, the attorneys at the Construction Legal Center are not experts on the California Bar's ethics rules. You might be able to pose this question at Avvo.com for more insight. There, attorneys from all different practices are available to answer legal questions and provide legal advice. However, I will note that an attorney's personal character is typically a consideration in their fitness to practice law - though, a business decision such as the one posed above might not rise to the level of concern. I wish I could provide more help! Good luck with recovering your investment.
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