If you have received a complaint notice from your Texas licensing board, you know the meaning of the word “stress.” Since the Board has likely already done some investigation into whether the complaint merits pursuing, you’re in a situation where quick and decisive action is a must. We get asked a lot of questions by clients who contact us, many of whom are reeling and feel like they may not be able to make their best choices right now. In order to help you get your bearings, we answer the following frequently-asked questions:
- If I get an attorney to help me, won’t it make me look guilty?
Not in the least. In fact, most of the Texas licensing boards expect a professional to obtain counsel. The fact is, the complaint process is a high-stakes situation—your very livelihood could be at risk!—and the licensing boards understand this. Hiring an experienced attorney is more likely to merely convince the members of the board that you are taking the complaint seriously than to convince them of your guilt. Professionals understand the necessity of hiring other professionals when the situation demands it. And this situation most definitely demands it.
- How should I handle delegating my workload to others, pending this complaint?
As a professional, you’re sure to be a competent practitioner of your chosen profession—and may trust your own capacities above those of others. At times such individuals may have difficulty handing off procedures and professional duties to other people, whether they be colleagues or employees—but for some professions, this becomes a necessity during the course of a challenge to your license. So the key becomes to do your best to gain clear insight into those you work with, and to determine, first of all, who would be the best person to hand each task over to. And it would serve you well to have a fallback person in mind as well. After all, you want to do right by the people you serve in your profession.
Once your chosen delegates agree to take on the tasks, be sure they have all the information they need to get them done correctly. Besides the handing over of client information, this may at times require extensive notes on where you were in a given process, so that your chosen delegates can take over as seamlessly as possible. Having handed off the tasks with as much information as appropriate, it’s important you do your best not to then attempt to manage the tasks from the backseat—the tasks must be fully delegated in order to avoid problems down the road.
Hire the Experienced License Defense Attorneys of BERTOLINO LLP
The attorneys at BERTOLINO LLP know how to carefully research every potential case. We know where to look for evidence and how to use that information to build a successful legal strategy. Our firm is prepared to represent you at every stage of the complaint process. Our results speak for themselves.
If your professional license is at risk of suspension or revocation, BERTOLINO LLP can help. We represent licensed professionals across the entire State of Texas. Our honest, experienced attorneys will fight aggressively on behalf of your license and reputation.
Contact us today or call (512) 476-5757 and schedule a case evaluation.