What Happens When Lawyers Steal Client Funds?

A briefcase full of money to represent when lawyers steal client funds.A law firm is like other businesses — some do well and others do not.

Some are better lawyers or more skilled business people, others are neither. At the end of the day, a private law firm is a business. And like a business can orchestrate a scam, some lawyers steal client funds.

Lawyers are sworn to adhere to a code of ethics. They swear to act in the best interest of their clients. Given the number of lawyers, the percentage of those that fail to uphold their duties is very small. One of the main reasons lawyers get disbarred is due to the improper use of client funds.

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New York Debt Collection and Standing to Sue

Man standing with briefcase. You cannot see his face.New York debt collection and standing to sue, do you have that standing? Can a company that is unauthorized with NY State have standing to sue? Can such a company maintain NY state debt collection litigation to recover monies owed from a non-paying customer?

Do you know the answer to these questions?

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Domesticating a Judgment in New York for Non-NY Cases

A US flag hanging in front of a court house.Domesticating a judgment in New York obtained out of state, to the dismay of some, is not automatic. New York does not allow the automatic registration of a judgment obtained on default from another state. Domesticating a sister-state judgment and converting it to a NY judgment requires filing a lawsuit. It is, therefore, important to understand the defenses available to someone contesting the domestication of the out-of-state judgment in New York. This also may be a good time to mention that out-of-state judgments are not treated the same as federal judgments. Continue reading “Domesticating a Judgment in New York for Non-NY Cases”

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Debt Collection NY/NJ: More Than a River Apart

Close-up image of the Statue of LibertyNew Jersey and New York can be – with no traffic – a mere 5 minutes apart via the George Washington Bridge. It’s about the same through the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel. Aside from their closeness as Hudson River neighbors, New York and New Jersey are far apart on their approach to debt collection.

Many companies dealing with customers in the Tri-state area might not realize the differences between these two states and how it will affect their debt collection efforts. In light of that, let’s look at a few examples. Continue reading “Debt Collection NY/NJ: More Than a River Apart”

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