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Continued: Little-known Minnesota board compensates victims of wayward lawyers

  • Article by: DAVID CHANEN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 31, 2014 - 11:31 PM

‘Just super helpful’

One victim who has benefited from the board’s work, a 37-year-old single mother from Ham Lake, called the board “a blessing for what they do.” Last week, it approved a five-figure claim for trust fund money her attorney wouldn’t turn over during a divorce proceeding.

She also received bad service from a second attorney, which is why, she said, she is now a paralegal. For that reason, she asked to tell her story without giving her name.

“I was tired of putting my trust in attorneys, paying them to represent me and then having no clue what was happening,” she said. “I still personally like my first attorney, but I think he made a couple of bad decisions and it spiraled down for him.”

She gave kudos to the board for diligent work on her complicated case. The staff was friendly, explained legal issues in layman’s terms and “underpromised and overdelivered” in her case, she said.

“They were just super helpful,” she said.

David Chanen • 612-673-4465

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