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For immediate release: January, 19, 2012
For further information contact:
Winnie Comfort
Tammy Kendig
609-292-9580

Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Announces Deadlines for Claims

Daniel R. Hendi, director of the Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, has announced that any person who intends to file a claim with the fund involving any of the attorneys listed below must file prior to the deadlines listed. 

The fund’s purpose is to pay on behalf of the honest majority of lawyers for the wrongdoing of a few.

For a claim to be compensable, the attorney against whom it is filed must have been a member of the bar, acting as either attorney or fiduciary, at the time of the incident; and, unless deceased, must have been disbarred, suspended or placed on disability inactive status from the bar, or convicted of embezzlement or other misappropriation of property.  The attorney’s conduct giving rise to the claim must have been dishonest rather than negligent.

The issuance of the Supreme Court’s determination to suspend or disbar an attorney activates the fund’s jurisdiction to receive claims against that attorney.  There is a one-year deadline after the discipline is issued to the attorney for clients to file claims.  The client’s claim does not need to be included in the ethics determination to be compensable.  Discipline of the attorney does not guarantee compensability for any specific claim.  Attorneys can be disciplined for conduct other than misappropriation.

An individual client can receive up to $400,000 for claims arising after Jan.1, 2007, lesser amounts for claims arising prior to that date.  The fund can provide up to $1.5 million in claims against a lawyer.

To receive a claim form, write to the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection, Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex, P.O. Box 961, Trenton, NJ 08625-0961, or call 609-292-8008.  The form must be completed, notarized and returned with copies of any proof of the transaction.  There is no filing fee. Claimants assisted in their claims by practicing attorneys receive their representation free of charge. 

Any person having a claim, which has not been filed, involving the following attorneys must file a claim with the New Jersey Lawyers’ Fund for Client Protection prior to the deadline dates listed below:

 NAME  COUNTY OF  PRACTICE
Augustin, Steeve, J.       Essex  Sept. 14, 2012
Cutruzzula, Francis S  Hudson  Sept. 21, 2012
 DeMasi, Blaise J.  Morris  July 11, 2012
 DelTufo, Douglas Joseph  Morris   July 20, 2012
 Kornfeld, Itzchak Ehud  Pa.  July 14, 2012
 Needle, Leonard S.  Monmouth  Sept. 13, 2012
 Rosenberg, Robert G.  Passaic  Sept. 22, 2012

Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyers’
Fund for Client Protection
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
P.O. Box 961
Trenton, NJ 08625-0961

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