Most of us in Los Angeles try to be ethical at all times, even if we do not have an official list of ethics to follow. Many professions do have rules of ethics, including attorneys.
An attorney who does not provide his or her clients the standard of care owed to them has very little chance of helping them prevail in their legal matter. If clients who are let down in this way were unable to sue their former lawyers for legal malpractice, they would likely have no other way of obtaining a measure of justice.
Many clients trust their attorney with more than their personal information. Many transactions require that the attorney hold onto some of the client’s money or other valuables, at least for awhile.