The 客户保障基金 (CSF) reimburses clients up to a limit of $100,000 for losses caused by the dishonest conduct of members of the D.C. 酒吧. Operating through its five trustees appointed by the D.C. 上诉法院, the 客户保障基金 represents a fundamental commitment by lawyers in the District of Columbia to protect the integrity of the profession. Please read all materials carefully. For questions or more information, call 202-780-2772.
- Instructions and Application for Reimbursement: 英语 | 西班牙语
- 规则 of Procedure for the CSF: 英语 | 西班牙语
- D .规则十二.C. 上诉法院 Governing the D.C. 脑脊液棒
- Attorney/Client Arbitration 董事会
- 董事会 on Professional Responsibility
- National Client Protection Organization, Inc.
- Office of Disciplinary Counsel
- Other States’ 客户保障基金s
What is the 客户保障基金?
The 客户保障基金 (CSF) reimburses clients up to a limit of $100,000 for losses caused by the dishonest conduct of members of the D.C. 酒吧. 了解更多.
What does “dishonest conduct” mean?
The words “dishonest conduct” basically mean theft and include wrongful acts committed by a lawyer, such as embezzlement or the wrongful taking or conversion of money, 财产, 或者其他有价值的东西. “不诚实的行为” 不包括 the negligent, inadequate, or ineffective performance of services.
What are the requirements for being considered for reimbursement?
First, the client’s loss must have been caused by the dishonest conduct of a member of the D.C. 酒吧. 第二，D。.C. 酒吧 member must have represented the claimant as an attorney or in another fiduciary capacity. 第三, the client must have used all other available ways to recover the loss, including reasonable attempts to obtain payment from the lawyer by demand, 保险, 或诉讼.
How do I file a claim with the 客户保障基金?
叫D.C. 酒吧 at 202-780-2772, to speak to the 酒吧’s administrator for the Fund. If the general circumstances of your loss meet the Fund’s guidelines, an application for reimbursement will be sent to you.
You will receive a detailed application for reimbursement, which gives you an opportunity to describe the circumstances that resulted in financial loss. 收据, 法庭命令副本, and other documents will be necessary to substantiate the facts in your application. One of the Fund’s volunteer Trustees will be assigned to your case. 一般, the final disposition takes about six months—depending upon the complexity of the situation involved. You will receive written notice about the disposition of your case. The Trustees’ decision is final.