Who decides if a claim is eligible?

All claims for reimbursement are screened and reviewed to determine if a claim is eligible for reimbursement.  Not all claims are eligible for reimbursement – e.g. fee disputes, malpractice claims, etc. If your claim is not eligible you will be notified by letter and given the reason that the claim is denied. If the claim appears to meet the requirements of Supreme Court Rule 25, the claim is held pending the results of an investigation of the claim. The Fund relies upon the outcome of investigations conducted by the disciplinary counsel of the Board of Professional Responsibility to help determine the eligibility of claims. Claimants are expected to cooperate with the Board in their investigations. Eligible claims are presented to the Board to determine if a claim merits reimbursement once investigations are completed.