The Investor Rights Clinic is a one-semester clinic staffed by second and third-year law students who represent under-served investors in securities arbitration claims against their brokers before the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). FINRA is a self-regulatory organization that administers the largest forum for arbitration of securities claims in the United States. Arbitration is the most widely used means of resolving disputes in the securities industry.

The Clinic provides a resource to individuals of modest means who have suffered investment losses as a result of broker misconduct but, due to the size of their claim, cannot find legal representation. The Clinic, which does not charge attorneys fees, is funded by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, and the Law School.

In addition, the Clinic conducts financial literacy and outreach programs designed to educate the public about how to detect and avoid fraudulent investment schemes and broker misconduct, with particular attention to schemes targeting the elderly and retirees. As part of their clinical work, every student intern participates in preparing and presenting at least one educational outreach seminar each semester at various locations throughout South Florida, including community and senior centers, investment clubs, high schools, and the Law School.

The Investor Rights Clinic provides a resource if you are an investor who may have claims against your broker for investment losses, but your claims are too small for you to find legal representation.See Resources for Broker Claims

The Clinic has established the following investor and claim eligibility guidelines:

Clients annual household income should not exceed $100,000.

Clients should not have any major assets aside from their home, car, and the investment that led to their claimed losses.

Preference will be given to Florida residents and senior citizens.

In certain circumstances, the Clinic may agree to undertake the representation of investors who do not meet all the guidelines listed above. The Clinic operates as part of the University of Miami School of Law Clinics, a non-profit organization and, as such, has limited resources and cannot accept every eligible case. A decision not to take your case is not a decision about the merits of your particular matter.

If you believe that you meet the IRCs guidelines and you wish to consider student representation of your claim, please contact the Clinic at . All potential clients will be asked to answer a questionnaire over the phone in order for the Clinic to conduct an initial evaluation of your eligibility assessment of your claim.

The Clinic does not charge attorneys fees. However, investors are responsible for all other costs incurred in an arbitration and/or mediation, such as filing and hearing fees. An arbitration filing fee calculator is available atFINRAs website. Upon demonstration of hardship, the IRC may be able to assist in defraying costs.

La Clnica de los Derechos del Inversionista (IRC) es un recurso para los inversionistas que podran tener reclamos en contra de su corredor por prdidas en sus inversiones, pero cuyos reclamos son demasiado pequeños para que sean capaces de encontrar representacin legal.

Bajo la supervisin de profesores, estudiantes de derecho se encargan de todos los aspectos desde la admisin, evaluacin y procesamiento de los reclamos de stos inversionistas en los procedimientos de arbitraje de valores ante la autoridad de la industria de regulacin financiera (FINRA), una organizacin de autorregulacin que administra el mayor foro de arbitraje de las reclamaciones de valores en los Estados Unidos.

La clnica ha establecido los siguientes parmetros de elegibilidad para el inversionista y su reclamo:

Las prdidas reclamadas no deben exceder los $100,000.

El ingreso annual del cliente no debe exceder de los $100,000.

El cliente no debera tener mayores activos a parte de su caso, automvil y la inversin que lo llev a reclamar sus prdidas.

Se le dar preferencia a los residentes de la Florida y a personas de mayor edad.

¿Qu pasa si el reclamo mio no cumple con los parmetros de elegibilidad?

Puede que en ciertas circunstancias, IRC decida representar a inversionistas que no cumplan con las directrices indicadas anteriormente. IRC es una organizacin sin fines de lucro, y opera como parte de las Clinicas en la Facultad de Derecho de la Universidad de Miami, como tal, sus recursos son limitados y no puede aceptar cada caso aunque ste sea elegible. La desicin de no tomar su caso, no es una desicin basada en los mritos de su caso particular.

Si usted cree que cumple con los parmetros de la clnica, y desea considerar el ser representado por un estudiante con su reclamo, por favor contacte la clnica al nmero de telfono .

IRC es financiada por una beca de la Fundacin para la Educacin de los Inversionistas FINRA y la Facultad de Derecho, por lo que no cobra honorarios de abogados. Sin embargo, los inversionistas son responsables de todos los dems gastos incurridos en el arbitraje y honorarios de audiencia. Una calculadora de pagos de presentacin de arbitraje est disponible en el sitioweb de FINRA. Una vez demostrada las dificultades financieras, el IRC puede ser capaz de ayudar a sufragar los gastos.

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