John Smith

Anywhere, N.C.


Re:          Your complaint against Jane Doe

Our File No. []


Dear Mr. Smith:


I am the chairperson of the [] district grievance committee.  Your grievance against [respondent attorney] [was received in my office]\[has been forwarded to my office by the North Carolina State Bar] on [date].  I have assigned [investigator's name], a member of the [] district grievance committee, to investigate your grievance.  []'s name, address and telephone number are as follows: [].


Please be sure that you have provided all information and materials which relate to or support your complaint to the [] district grievance committee.  If you have other information which you would like our committee to consider, or if you wish to discuss your complaint, please contact the investigating attorney by telephone or in writing as soon as possible.


After []'s investigation is complete, the [] district grievance committee will make a recommendation to the North Carolina State Bar Grievance Committee regarding whether or not there is probable cause to believe that [respondent attorney] violated one or more provisions of the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Your complaint and the results of our investigation will be sent to the North Carolina State Bar at that time.  The [] district grievance committee's recommendation is not binding upon the North Carolina State Bar Grievance Committee, which will make the final determination.  You will be notified in writing when the [] district grievance committee's investigation is concluded.


Neither the investigating attorney nor any member of the [] district grievance committee can give you any legal advice or represent you regarding any underlying legal matter in which you may be involved.  You may pursue any questions you have about your legal rights with an attorney of your own choice.


Thank you very much for your cooperation.


Sincerely yours,



[] Chairperson

[] District Grievance Committee




Director of Investigations

The N.C. State Bar


History Note:        Authority G.S. 84‑23;

Readopted Eff. December 8, 1994.