This is what we look for to determine if a claim is eligible for reimbursement:
- The claim must be based on dishonest conduct of an attorney licensed to practice law in the State of Tennessee at the time that the dishonest act occurred.
- The lawyer must have committed a theft of your money or property.
- There must have been an attorney-client relationship between you and the attorney at the time the dishonest conduct occurred.
- If your loss occurred before October 1, 2013 your claim must be filed with the Fund no later than one (1) year after the date your loss occurred or within one year of the date you should have reasonably discovered the loss.
- If your loss occurred on or after October 1, 2013, your claim must be filed no later than three (3) years after the date that the loss occurred or should have reasonably been discovered, but in no event will the Fund consider a claim for a loss that occurred more than five (5) years from the date of the loss.
- You must file a complaint with the Board of Professional Responsibility to allow an investigation of the facts surrounding the claim. If you have not filed a complaint you will be referred to the Board of Professional Responsibility to allow an investigation of your claim before any action is taken.