If you have concerns about financial fraud, you are not alone. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for financial advisors to take advantage of the access they have to their clients’ accounts, and each year many investors lose everything to fraud. In this article, financial fraud attorney Jake Zamansky explains what to do if you believe you may be a victim.
5 Steps to Take if You Have Concerns about Financial Fraud
Here are five steps you should take right away if you have concerns about financial fraud:
1. Collect As Much Documentation As You Can
Several types of documentation can be helpful for proving financial fraud. Thoroughly review your records to determine if you have the following, and compile all relevant documents in a file to share with your attorney:
- Your account statements (dating as far back as possible)
- Your customer agreement with your financial advisor
- All marketing materials and disclosures you have received from your financial advisor
- All correspondence between you and your financial advisor
- Any notes you have taken pertaining to your concerns
2. Review Your Customer Agreement
Once you locate your customer agreement, you should review it carefully, In particular, you should seek to determine if it includes an arbitration clause. Most customer agreements include arbitration clauses; and, if your agreement has this clause, you will need to file your claim in FINRA arbitration.
3. Learn about What Constitutes Financial Fraud
Financial fraud can take many different forms. In order to prepare for your meeting with a financial fraud attorney, you will want to learn as much as you can about the acts and omissions that can justify claims for financial recovery. We have prepared an in-depth overview of what constitutes financial fraud and what customers can expect during the arbitration process.
4. Learn about the Remedies for Financial Fraud
In most cases, advisory firms will be legally responsible for their advisors’ fraudulent acts. This means that customers can typically pursue claims against their advisory firms in order to secure the remedies to which they are legally entitled. As you contemplate your next steps, it will be important for you to have an understanding of the remedies that are available for financial fraud.
5. Discuss Your Situation with a Financial Fraud Attorney
Finally, and most importantly, you should discuss your situation with a financial fraud attorney. Recovering fraudulent losses in FINRA arbitration is not something that customers can do on their own. You will need an experienced attorney to represent you throughout the process, and you will want to rely on your attorney’s advice as you make decisions about your case.
Request a Free Consultation with a Financial Fraud Attorney at Zamansky LLC
Do you have concerns about financial fraud? If so, we strongly encourage you to speak with one of our attorneys right away. To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a financial fraud attorney at Zamansky LLC, call 212-742-1414 or tell us how we can reach you online now.