You may be eligible for compensation if a lawyer stole money or property from you. You may also have a claim against your lawyer for negligence.

All BC lawyers in private practice carry indemnification coverage through the Lawyers Indemnity Fund. This coverage provides compensation to members of the public for financial losses caused when a lawyer has been negligent and, more rarely, when a lawyer has stolen money from a client or other party. 

Note that the Lawyers Indemnity Fund is distinct and completely independent from the regulatory process for addressing complaints about a lawyer’s conduct. If you believe a lawyer has acted unethically or unprofessionally, go to Complaints and Discipline for information on how to register a concern.