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Intentional Acts Case Attorney

In rare cases, attorneys will steal from their clients and lie about it or engage in other intentional acts. Fortunately, these cases are pretty rare, but when they occur, the liability portion of the case is easy and the issue is usually either: 1) whether the defendant attorney has any money to recover; or 2) whether the defendant attorney’s insurer will agree that there is coverage.

An example of the first type of case occurred when The Entrekin Law Firm was contacted about an attorney who was a drug addict and had stolen over $2,000,000 out of his own trust account. The attorney was a transactional attorney who held the money for his developer clients and he had stolen the money in order to purchase drugs. Unfortunately, subsequent investigation revealed that the attorney had no money, no assets and no liability insurance, so while he was disbarred, there was no way to recover money in a legal malpractice case against him.