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Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection - General Information

PURPOSE OF THE FUND

The legal profession has recognized that there are a few lawyers unworthy of the trust their clients place in them. At the request of the profession, the Kansas Supreme Court established the Lawyers' Fund for Client Protection on July 1, 1993, to compensate clients who suffer economic loss as a result of dishonest actions by Kansas lawyers.

Frequently Asked Questions

DOES LAWYER DISHONESTY OCCUR OFTEN IN KANSAS?
No. The Disciplinary Administrator estimates that fewer than fifteen lawyers would be subject to claims annually. There are approximately 10,750 lawyers actively licensed to practice law in Kansas.

HOW IS THE FUND FINANCED?
No tax money is involved in the Fund. It is financed by the lawyers of this state who pay an annual registration fee. A portion of each active lawyer's fee is placed in the Client Protection Fund.

WHO ADMINISTERS THE FUND?
The Fund is administered by the Client Protection Fund Commission. The Commission consists of seven members - one judge, four lawyers, and two nonlawyers.

WHO CAN FILE A CLAIM?
A person who has suffered a loss caused by the dishonest conduct of an active member of the Kansas bar that occurs in the course of a lawyer-client relationship.

WHAT KINDS OF LOSSES ARE COMPENSABLE?
The Fund covers most cases in which lawyers have taken for their own use or otherwise misappropriated clients' money or other property entrusted to them. The Fund does not cover losses resulting from a lawyer's negligence, fee disputes, or cases of legal malpractice. The Client Protection Fund Commission does not have the authority to discipline lawyers, resolve fee disputes, or determine legal malpractice claims.

ARE THERE LIMITS TO THE AMOUNT A CLIENT CAN BE REIMBURSED?
Yes. A limit of $125,000 is set for each claim. An aggregate limit of $350,000 is set for all claims against any one lawyer.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT TO FILE?
Yes. Claims must be filed no later than one year after the claimant knew or should have known of the lawyer's dishonest conduct. The Fund was established July 1, 1993, and does not cover losses incurred before that date.

ARE THERE ANY FEES INVOLVED?
No. The Client Protection Fund charges no fees. A claimant is not required to be represented by a lawyer to file a claim.

WHERE IS A CLAIM FILED?
Claim forms are available upon request from: Client Projection Fund Commission Carol G. Green, Secretary Kansas Judicial Center - Room 374 301 S.W. Tenth Avenue Topeka, Kansas 66612-1507 Telephone number (785) 296-8409 or an online form can be accessed here CPF Claim Form. Prior to filing a claim with the Client Protection Fund Commission, a claimant must report the dishonest conduct to a county or district attorney or to the Office of the Disciplinary Administrator. That address is: Disciplinary Administrator 701 S.W. Jackson, First Floor Topeka, Kansas 66603

Prepared and published as a public service by the Kansas Client Protection Fund Commission - 1998
Last Revision Date: August 5, 2010.