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For immediate release: June 23, 2011
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Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection Announces Deadlines for Claims

Daniel R. Hendi, acting 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 the few who are suspended or disbarred for misappropriation. 

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 or suspended 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 in order 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.  Special permission can be granted by the Supreme Court to exceed the aggregate limit.

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

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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 indicated below:

Gaglioti, Amedeo A.     Morris  November 16, 2011
Gonzalez, Gabriel F.     Union November 16, 2011
Haggerty, Thomas J.     Essex November 08, 2011
Hersh, Bruce D. Essex December 10, 2011
Lentz, Eric S.                Essex December 31, 2011
Maione, William J. Morris 

October 21, 2011

Miele, John A. III         Monmouth        October 08, 2011
Misci, John A. Jr. Gloucester

October 27, 2011

Przygoda, Deirdre A. Monmouth        December 06, 2011
Ruchalski, Karen E. Passaic

November 08, 2011

Terrell, Sharon S. Camden October 27, 2011
Tsai, Stephen Somerset October 19, 2011

Trustees of the New Jersey Lawyers'
Fund for Client Protection
Richard J. Hughes Justice Complex
P.O. Box 961
Trenton, NJ 08625-0961
Date: June 21, 2011


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