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Client Protection Fund -LOL....REALLY?

Update by user Sep 20, 2013

The client protection fund is located in Phoenix, AZ

Original review posted by user Sep 20, 2013
I filed a claim with the client protection fund over a year ago. I submitted all paperwork requested by Karen W. finally after over a year my case was submitted to the trustees. Of course, the trustee denied my claim, no shocker here. I gave my attorney $1000.00 to file my ch.13 claim. the attorney took my money, showed up at the meeting of the creditors and that's it. He never completed my Chapter 13. the attorney would not answer my phone calls nor would he answer my emails. I contacted the state bar about this and the attorney would not reply to the state bar as well. As a result of this attorney not completing my case that we both signed a contract for, my case was dismissed after a year. According to the Client (Lawyer) protection fund they feel that the attorney had done enough work for me that warrants him getting paid the $1000.00. and that even though this has happened to many new clients in the past by this attorney, the Client (Lawyer) protection fund feels that the attorneys actions were not a conduct, ethical or a dishonest issue. If this is not a conduct or dishones or even a ethical issue, then what is?????
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#448318 Review #448318 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Mesa, Arizona
Loss
$1000
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AZ State Bar SCAM Consumer Protection FUND

The State Bar of Arizona's Client Protection Fund is a scam that claims to reimburse clients that have been screwed by unethical attorneys. My attorney was disbarred after my and several other people's testimony against the attorney. This attorney did nothing to earn our money, he just took it. Yet according to the "trustees" of the "FUND" I was not eligible to be reimbursed. I asked for a re-evaluation of my case figuring they messed up. The claim came back again denied and closed. Who the *** are these trustees with nobody governing their decisions????? My guess is they pay theirselves out of this fund. When money is low all they have to do is deny claims. WHAT A FARCE THIS FUND IS!
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#719667

The arizona client protection fund is a joke. They need to change their name to the Arizona Lawyer Protection Fund.

As their job is to seek out any and every reason not to protect the cleints. I have been dealing with them for a year now. I submitted all paperwork needed to show that my attorney had a conduct issue and a ethics issue as he has had several complaints against him for stealing money from hims new clients and was disbarred. But this was not good enough for the protection fund.

Still they denied my claim. In my opinion, the arizona bar "Client" Lawyer protection fund is a waste of your time.

#246065

Once again, we have NO record of a claim having been filed by a "Martin Gaston." If Mr. Gaston would like to contact me at the Arizona State Bar with his Claim Number, I would be happy to speak with him about his claim.

If this claim is under a different name, I would need that information as well. Thank you.

#228246

Funny how they conveniently see an attorney "DID SOME WORK" like "showed up for court" without being familiar with my case which cost me legal fees for opposing party of $2,500.

I even prepared and filed my own paperwork. THIS WAS A JOKE!

#719675
@PissedConsumer228246

I totally agree. The only person being protected is the attorney, NOT the client.

#169437

There had been another comment to this posting, which was deleted for some reason. We can't speak specifically to this particular claim (no record of a claim filed by Martin Gaston), however, here is some basic info about the Fund:

The Client Protection Fund was established in 1961 by the Supreme Court of Arizona. Its purpose is to promote public confidence in the administration of justice, and to preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by the dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice in Arizona.

The Fund is a trust that exists as a separate entity from the State Bar of Arizona. The Fund is a charitable organization and is not funded by taxpayer dollars. Each lawyer licensed to practice law in Arizona contributes a yearly assessment to the Fund. The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees appointed by the State Bar of Arizona Board of Governors. The Trustees are volunteers who serve without compensation. There is no right to money from this Fund – decisions on payments are in the absolute discretion of the Trustees.

The Client Protection Fund was created to compensate clients who have lost money due to the dishonest conduct of their lawyer. “Dishonest conduct” refers to conduct in the nature of theft, embezzlement, or misappropriation of money, for example, taking legal fees and performing no legal services. Types of claims that are not eligible for consideration include (but are not limited to): claims based upon negligence, incompetence, or malpractice by a lawyer; and claims based upon disputes as to fees charged in cases where the lawyer did perform some work for the claimant.

Claims must be filed within five years of when the client knew or should have known of the lawyer’s dishonest conduct, and may only be filed if there was a lawyer/client relationship. In addition, the lawyer must have been disbarred, suspended for more than six months, placed on interim suspension, transferred to disability inactive status, convicted of a related felony, or deceased in order for the claim to be eligible for consideration.

Since 2005, the Fund has paid out over $725,000 to approximately 150 claimants. To learn more about the Client Protection Fund, please visit our website at www.azbar.org/cpf.

#719680
@PissedConsumer169437

Promote public confidence in the administration of justice???? Really?

Preserve the integrity of the legal profession by reimbursing people who have sustained losses caused by dishonest conduct of lawyers admitted and licensed to practice in Arizona? Really? then how is it that the state bar can send out a order of restitution to me against my dishonest, unethical, theiving attorney. But the client protection fund states that the attorney did enough work for what what he paid.

Even though the attorney failed to complete the work that he was contracted to do with me by us both signing his own contract. And the client protection fund knows that this attorney has scammed others by doing the exact same to them.

#164722

I should mention one other thing. The trustees who manage the fund are volunteers. They are not paid.

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ID
#188997 Review #188997 is a subjective opinion of poster.
Location
Phoenix, Arizona

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Client Protection Fund Terms of Service
The State Bar of Arizona does not offer legal advice. The information contained in the website of the State Bar of Arizona is general in nature and may not reflect current legal developments. The State Bar of Arizona makes no guarantees, representations or warranties as to the accuracy or adequacy of the information contained in its website. Do not act or rely on any information contained in the website of the State Bar of Arizona without first consulting with an attorney admitted to practice law in The Customer's jurisdiction. The information contained in the website of the State Bar of Arizona is not a substitute for obtaining competent legal advice from an attorney. No attorney-client relationship or other professional relationship of any nature whatsoever is created by The User's use of the website of the State Bar of Arizona.
To read more: https://www.azbar.org/TermsofUse
Summary

Client Protection Fund is a company governed by the Supreme Court of Arizona since 1961. It solves issues concerning the illegal conduct of lawyers with their clients and helps people to reimburse loses obtained in such situations. Here people can leave eligible claims which should be formed according the rules published on the official site of the described company. It is necessary to mention that Client Protection Fund considers only those matters where admitted and licensed Arizona lawyers and attorneys have taken part. Both clients and legal persons can find specialized information for themselves in the publications of the CPF. News and recent law changes are also put into the special section of the official site. There are two offices owned by this company. First one is located at Phoenix and another one – in Tucson.

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