Rule 14-910. Eligible claim.

(a) The loss must be caused by the dishonest conduct of the lawyer and shall have arisen out of the course of a lawyer/client or fiduciary relationship between the lawyer and the claimant and by reason of that relationship.

(b) The claim for reimbursement shall be filed within one year after the date of the final order of discipline.

(b)(1) In cases of the lawyer’s death, the claim for reimbursement shall be filed within one year of the lawyer’s date of death.

(b)(2) In cases of the lawyer’s formal disability, the claim for reimbursement shall be filed within one year of the date of the order of disability.

(c) If the subject of the application for reimbursement from the Fund is or arises out of loss occasioned by a loan or an investment transaction with a lawyer, each loss will not be considered reimbursable from the Fund unless it arose out of and in the course of the attorney/client relationship; and but for the fact that the dishonest lawyer enjoyed an attorney/client relationship with the claimant, such loss could not have occurred. In considering whether that standard has been met the following factors will be considered:

(c)(1) the disparity in bargaining power between the lawyer and the client in their respective educational backgrounds in business sophistication;

(c)(2) the extent to which the lawyer's status overcame the normal prudence of the claimant;

(c)(3) the extent to which the lawyer, by virtue of the attorney/client relationship with the claimant, became privy to information as to the client's financial affairs. It is significant if the lawyer knew of the fact that the client had available assets or was expecting to receive assets which were ultimately wrongfully converted by the lawyer;

(c)(4) whether a clear majority of the service arose out of a relationship requiring a license to practice law in Utah, as opposed to one that did not. In making this evaluation, consideration will be given to:

(c)(4)(A) whether the transaction originated with the lawyer;

(c)(4)(B) the reputation of the lawyer as to scope and nature of his/her practice and/or business involvement;

(c)(4)(C) the amount of the charge made for legal services, if any, compared to that for a finder's fee, if any; and

(c)(4)(D) the number of prior transactions of either a similar or different nature in which the client participated, either with the lawyer involved or any other lawyer, person or business organization;

(c)(5) the extent to which the lawyer failed to make full disclosure to the client in compliance with the Utah Rules of Professional Conduct, including disclosure of the lawyer's financial condition and his/her intended use of the funds.

(d) Exceptions. Except as provided by paragraph (e), the following losses shall not be reimbursed:

(d)(1) loss incurred by spouses, children, parents, grandparents, siblings, partners and associates of the lawyer;

(d)(2) losses covered by any bond, surety, agreement or insurance contract to the extent covered thereby, including any loss to which any bonding agent, surety or insurer is subrogated to the extent of that subrogated interest;

(d)(3) losses of any financial institution which are recoverable under a "Banker's Blanket Bond" or similar commonly available insurance or surety contract;

(d)(4) any business entity controlled by the lawyer or any person or entity described in paragraph (d)(1);

(d)(5) any governmental entity or agency;

(d)(6) any assigned claims, third party claims, claims of heirs or estates of deceased claimants;

(d)(7) any claims where claimant has failed to exhaust all other reasonably available services or recovery methods;

(d)(8) any investment losses, as distinguished from lawyer fees, which might reasonably be characterized as:

(d)(8)(A) any pyramid or ponzie scheme;

(d)(8)(B) any investment in or loan to any offshore entity;

(d)(8)(C) any investment in or loan to an entity that claims that a benefit to the investor would be the evasion, avoidance, reduction or other sheltering of taxes that would be otherwise assessed on the investment; or

(d)(8)(D) any investment that promises such a high rate of return that a reasonable and prudent person would suspect that the venture is of unusually high risk.

(e) In cases of extreme hardship or special and unusual circumstances, the Committee may, in its discretion, recognize a claim which would otherwise be excluded under these rules.