Victim of Financial Fraud? Call Now
Securities Lawyer Jonathan Kurta
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As an investor, you are told to expect fluctuations in the value of your portfolio. While you should be prepared to weather losses triggered by normal market fluctuations, under no circumstances should you suffer losses due to securities fraud. Seeking guidance on how to recover from stock loss or how to recover investment losses requires approaching the situation with a strategic mindset. If your account has some of the tell-tale signs of broker misconduct, you should contact our securities law firm for a free case consultation about potential investment loss recovery.

Recover Investment Losses by Filing an Arbitration Claim with FINRA

Figuring out how to deal with investment losses can be complicated. Recovering fraudulent investment losses typically involves filing an arbitration claim with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). You must go through FINRA when dealing with investment recovery, which means most people will not have relevant experience to ensure the arbitration process goes as smoothly as possible. Investors may benefit from niche legal expertise when they attempt to recover lost money through legal action.

In most cases, brokerage agreements require firms, individual brokers, and investors to settle disputes through the FINRA arbitration process rather than a civil suit. FINRA arbitration provides a quicker and hopefully more streamlined process for resolving investors’ fraud claims against their brokerage firms and brokers to potentially recover the investment

Our securities law firm has had significant success with investment loss recovery, helping reclaim millions of dollars in investor losses on behalf of our clients. Our clients’ FINRA arbitration awards speak for themselves.

Be Prepared with the Necessary Information for Your Securities Law Firm

If you suspect you are a victim of investment fraud, there are some important steps you can take to support your claim for investment loss recovery. Most importantly, you should educate yourself on the arbitration process. Speaking with a securities lawyer can help you prioritize what steps to take.

1. Collect Your Account Statements

You should collect your account statements dating as far back as possible—ideally, before you suspect the fraudulent activity began. If your broker has been engaging in unauthorized transactions, charging excessive fees, or engaging in various other forms of fraud, your account statements could be key evidence in your FINRA arbitration case and help you with investment loss recovery.

2. Collect Any Other Relevant Documentation

If you have prospectuses, emails, text messages, or any other documentation that you believe may be relevant to your investment fraud claim, collect these as well. When pursuing a claim for investment fraud, the more documentation you have, the better. In court, the information provided may help show whether your financial planner committed fraud through excessive trading or unnecessary risk. Clearly demonstrating the facts of the case may increase your compensation and recover lost funds.

3. Learn More About Investment Fraud

Investment fraud can take many different forms. Whether you have a pretty good idea of what happened or simply have questions about unexplained losses in your portfolio, it will be helpful for you to learn more about what constitutes broker fraud.

4. Take Notes

Write down everything that made you suspicious. Was there a specific transaction that gave you pause? Have you had questions about your broker’s conduct for some time? How much of your investment losses do you believe are attributable to broker fraud? When you contact a securities law firm, you will want to be prepared to share as many details as possible.

5. Consult with an Investment Fraud Lawyer

The best thing you can do to prepare for FINRA arbitration is to consult with an investment fraud lawyer as soon as possible. At Kurta Law, we have recovered more than $100 million for investors, we provide free initial consultations, and we are available 24/7.

6. File a Statement of a Claim

This is the first step in the FINRA arbitration process. FINRA provides a portal where you can submit your Statement of Claim, including information about the parties involved, a description of the dispute, and the amount you seek to recover. Claimants also must pay filing fees, although FINRA can waive the fees in light of financial difficulties. FINRA has provided more in-depth information about what to expect when you file a Statement of Claim here.

Contact Our Securities Law Firm for a Free Consultation

If you believe you may be a victim of investment fraud, we encourage you to contact us promptly for a free, no-obligation consultation about your legal rights. To speak with investment fraud lawyer Jonathan Kurta in confidence, call 877-600-0098 or request an appointment online now.

Securities Lawyer Jonathan Kurta
Written by: Jonathan Kurta

Jonathan Kurta is an accomplished securities attorney and a founding partner at Kurta Law.

Securities Lawyer Jonathan Kurta
Written by: Jonathan Kurta

Jonathan Kurta is an accomplished securities attorney and a founding partner at Kurta Law.