Closing attorney gave another client's documents to me
Started by FoxyRoxy34 , Aug 16 2013 06:52 AM
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Posted 16 August 2013 - 06:52 AM
The attorney I used for closing on my house scans client documents and places them on a CD and gives the CD to the client. I received my documents plus also another person's (who I happen to know). I have this person's tax records, bank accounts, social security, date of birth, etc. This person is feeling violated and now I feel like my information could have been given to another person. I tried to delete the information off my disk, but it is a CD and written into the disk. I contacted the closing attorney office and they didn't believe I had this information on my CD stating it can't happen. Well it did, and I have proof. They offered no recourse for their mistake. I asked if they would recall the disks made after mine to look for another possible mistake on their part, but they refused stating they have never heard of this happening. Maybe because it just sits on a disk until someone needs to copy a page or 2, like my case. I don't know if the client's who closed on their houses after me have my information and they may not know they have it and no one is trying to find out if it is out there. The attorney sent me a letter stating if I come to the office with the disk they will destroy it and refund my money. I still don't have peace of mind. What is my recourse. Would filing a case against the attorney do anything other than waste my time and money and still not give me peace of mind? Can I even take this to court?
Posted 16 August 2013 - 07:22 AM
It's unclear why you'd categorize this as malpractice v. mistake.
It's also unclear to me why you can't just ... ignore the documents; you've no obligation to try deleting them as far as I know.
"They offered no recourse for their mistake."
Sorry, but I'm confused about what you're saying here. You also indicate in your post that the attorney is offering to refund your money, which he absolutely is not obligated to do. What the heck else do you want? That's a windfall.
"I don't know if the client's who closed on their houses after me have my information and they may not know they have it and no one is trying to find out if it is out there."
I think you're getting worked up about something you can't really do anything about. If you take normal, advisable precautions to keep on top of your credit report (or use a lock service), there shouldn't be a problem. Many, many thousands of people have access to your personal financial data.
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