What Happens to My Documents?

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Since 1999 our law firm has recovered more than $350,000,000 for victims of investment fraud and misconduct.
  • Jury Verdict Won Against Prudential Securities $262 Million
  • Recovered for 100-Year Old Widow $30 Million
  • Recovered in Retirement Losses $10 Million
  • Recovered for a Large Group of Individual Investors $6.5 Million
  • Recovered for Elderly Victim in Ponzi Scheme Case $3.8 Million
  • Recovered for Elderly Ponzi Scheme Victim $3.2 Million
  • Recovered for More Than 50 Families of Ponzi Scheme in California $3.2 Million
  • Recovered for 35 Families in Northeast Ohio $3.1 Million
  • Losses Recovered for 20 Retirees $3 Million
  • Recovered for Retired Physician Against Major Wall Street Firm Prior to Filing FINRA Arbitration $2.5 Million

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE PERSONAL DOCUMENTS I SHARE WITH MY LAWYER?

Many new clients who file an arbitration case with the Financial Industry Regulatory Association (FINRA) ask us the same question: what happens to the personal documents I send to you, as my securities arbitration lawyer?

As the beginning of your case, we will ask you to gather documents that are relevant to the various claims involved in your case. Claimants in FINRA arbitration are generally required to produce certain documents to the other parties in the case. These documents include: tax documents, financial statements, emails and communications with your broker, account statements from other brokerage firms accounts, a resume, and various other documents.

The vast majority of clients who hire our law firm have never been through any type of legal disputes or litigation before. As individuals, it is often our natural tendency to hesitate in providing so much personal information, and we often are asked about what happens to these documents, both throughout the case and afterwards.

First, FINRA arbitration proceedings are not a matter of general public record. The only publically available documents from FINRA arbitration is any award that is issued at the close of a case. An award would contain the names of the parties, the relief requested, and the relief awarded. FINRA staff and arbitrators are obligated to keep information obtained confidential, and any pleadings or papers filed during the case are not made public in the vast majority of circumstances.

Second, when the documents are obtained by our office and produced in the course of the case, we often enter into a confidentiality agreement among the parties which provides that certain documents exchanged will not be disclosed or used in any manner outside of the arbitration of the particular case. You can speak with your attorney about the specifics of your case or concerns, but this is a great option for limiting the use of your documents to only the arbitration case.

Finally, when your case is completed and the documents are no longer needed, our office returns your original documents to you and shred the copies we made. At Meyer Wilson, we will always strive to keep your personal information private. Every case is different, so it is important that you talk to your lawyer about any concerns you have regarding your personal documents. You can call us today or explore our website to learn more about the arbitration process.

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Meyer Wilson has represented over 1,000 individual investors in high-stakes claims across the country, and has recovered over $350 million on their behalves. See what former clients have to say about our team.

  • “I primarily worked with Courtney Werning throughout the process and she was informative and knowledgeable. I trusted and fully recommend Courtney and her team.”

    - S.R.
  • “The communication throughout the process was on par - and they took the time to indulge me with the various questions and opinions.”

    - R.G.
  • “What I truly appreciated was getting a great result for my Mom with limited involvement/stress on her.”

    - S.W.
  • “We went to arbitration with the other respondent and I got to see firsthand the level of professionalism and expertise the Meyer Wilson firm can deliver.”

    - D.V.
  • “Chad would take the time to call and talk with me. His explanations were always clear and concise. I also appreciate all the effort put into the details and statistics required to argue this case.”

    - P.N.
  • “Meyer Wilson was able to produce the results that we felt were obvious and warranted while several other firms and even state offices simply had trouble understanding let alone moving the case forward.”

    - B.K.
  • “My overall experience was positive and I would encourage anyone who even thinks they have been a victim of stockbroker misconduct to call David.”

    - S.T.
  • “Meyer Wilson represented me in a suit brought last year against my brokerage firm, securing a very fair and equitable settlement for me.”

    - R.G., M.D.
  • “Right from the start, you had the passion and desire to win this case for us. I have never worked with an attorney or firm as compassionate as yours. I would highly recommend your firm to anyone.”

    - G.A.

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