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What Type of Claim is Handled by the Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security?

The Pennsylvania Lawyers Fund for Client Security has jurisdiction over claims alleging a conversion of client funds. The Fund does not have jurisdiction over claims alleging malpractice or ineffective representation. The Fund does not arbitrate fee disputes.

An appropriate claim:

  • Is based upon an attorney/client relationship or fiduciary relationship customary to the practice of law. For example, an executor of an estate, a guardian, a trustee or, an escrow agent arising from an attorney/client relationship; and
  • Is seeking the return of money or property that was received by the attorney on behalf of the client, which money or property was then converted by the attorney.

A claim may not:

  • Seek consequential or incidental damages, such as lost interest, attorney fees incurred in pursuing a civil action against the attorney, or any other costs incurred in seeking a recovery; and
  • Be filed by a spouse or other close relative or employee of the attorney, or any other entity excluded under the Rules of Disciplinary Enforcement.

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