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The Client Protection Fund is a voluntary program established by the State Bar of Michigan Board of Commissioners for the purpose of reimbursing clients who have been victimized by the few lawyers who violate the profession's ethical standards and misappropriate funds entrusted to them.
Beginning with the 2003-2004 fiscal year, financing of the Client Protection Fund changed to a direct annual assessment of $15 from each attorney on active status and $7.50 from each attorney on inactive status. Additionally, unspent judicial election campaign funds are contributed to the Fund.
The Client Protection Fund is not a substitute for malpractice insurance; it only reimburses the willful taking of a client's money or property with an intent to defraud within the scope of an attorney-client relationship. In contrast, malpractice insurance covers the negligent renditions of professional services. These two do not overlap, although both elements could be present in the same representation.
A request for investigation must be submitted to the Attorney Grievance Commission as a condition of claim consideration. You may obtain a request for investigation form at www.agcmi.com or by calling (313) 961-6585.
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