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|Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund|
The Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund of the Indiana State Bar Association provides compensation, as a matter of grace, and not as a right, to qualified applicants who have suffered a monetary loss as a result of dishonest acts of an Indiana lawyer, acting either as a lawyer or as a fiduciary. No client or member of the public shall have any right in the Fund as a third-party beneficiary or otherwise; instead any award from the Fund depends upon the sole discretion of the ISBA, according to its rules and regulations. This Fund, which exists because of the voluntary contributions of the members of ISBA, recognizes that the lawyers of Indiana as a whole desire to help those who fall victim to the few lawyers who are dishonest.
Please review the Rules of Procedure prior to filling out the application. There are certain guidelines that must be adhered to. The Rules of Procedure should help you determine if you qualify for CFAF assistance. If upon reading the rules you feel you do qualify for assistance, please fill out the application completely and return it, along with the information requested in the application, to the Indiana State Bar Association. Once your complete application is received, it will be assigned to a member of the Clients’ Financial Assistance Fund committee for investigation.
Please understand that this is a lengthy process and your application could take several months to resolve. There is neither a right to payment nor any appeal from a decision of the CFAF Committee.