Unclaimed Trust Fund FAQs


Unclaimed Trust Fund FAQs (New)
  1. What are trust monies?
  2. How do I know if I should make a claim?
  3. How do I make a claim?
  4. What happens after I make a claim?
  5. Am I entitled to interest?
  6. I would like to make a claim but I have some questions. Who do I contact for more information?

Unclaimed Trust Fund FAQs (New)
  1. What are trust monies?

    Money paid to lawyers and licensed paralegals is usually held in their  trust accounts and is therefore referred to, for the purposes of the Unclaimed Trust Fund, as "trust monies".

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  2. How do I know if I should make a claim?

    If you have paid money to a lawyer or licensed paralegal and the lawyer or paralegal, after completing his or her work for you, was unable to locate you to return any balance of the monies, those monies may have been paid to the Law Society's Unclaimed Trust Fund.

    Each year, the Law Society publishes in The Ontario Gazette the name of each person entitled to the money that, during the previous year, was transferred to the Society by a lawyer or licensed paralegal.



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  3. How do I make a claim?

    All claimants must complete a Claimant's Application Form for consideration by the Law Society.

     

    You will be asked to provide, among other things, a copy of photo identification, your contact information, the name of the lawyer or licensed paralegal to whom the money was paid, the amount of money paid and the amount claimed.



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  4. What happens after I make a claim?

    The Law Society will review your application and contact you regarding the status of your claim.

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  5. Am I entitled to interest?

    No. Payments are limited to the amount paid to the Society by the lawyer or paralegal on behalf of the person entitled.

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  6. I would like to make a claim but I have some questions. Who do I contact for more information?

    Please contact the Unclaimed Trust Fund Programme at 416-947-3312 or toll free 1-800-668-7380 ext. 3312.

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