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I need to sue for conversion, the defendant is in Broward County

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I need to sue for conversion, the defendant is in Broward County Florida. I live in a different state the amount this person stole from me is over 10k, I have very limited income a small savings that it gets me as far as paying the retainer fee a lawyer is asking. I can not afford to spend that much money. Do you know where can I find a pro-bono attorney in Broward County or weather a pro-bono attorney will take a civil case like this or what is required for a lawyer to work on contingency? I do not know weather the defendant has assets I need to recover my hard earned money. Please advise. Thanks
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I am very sorry for your situation. While I cannot guarantee results, I can provide some pro bono links, and explain how contingency works should you get a non pro bono attorney. Would this be acceptable?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Yes, thank you that is what I need.


Now, understand how this works, first of all. To sue in a state court, one needs to have a "cause of action." There are numerous causes of action, such as "breach of contract," "negligence," "fraud," "unjust enrichment," etc., as well as causes of action rooted in statutory law. Every state has their own although they are very similar to each other in every state because they all stem from the same common law. A pleading in Court needs at least one cause of action, although it is not unusual to have more than one.

Conversion in Florida is defined as " a wrongful deprivation of property to the owner, and neither manucaption nor asportation is an essential element thereof." Senfeld v. Bank of Nova Scotia Trust Co., 450 So. 2d 1157 - Fla: Dist. Court of Appeals, 3rd Dist. 1984 (internal citations omitted).

Some attorneys work on contingency. An attorney may take this on a contingency basis, meaning they do not get paid unless you do. Usual set up is their take is 33% settlement, 40% win at trial, 45% at appeal; plus some office costs. Everything is negotiable.

I can recommend three resources. First, here is a list of all pro bono work in the state...

…and another list:

Finally, you may call your local law school and see if they have a legal clinic place available. The legal clinic is a free service the school(s) provide to the community. While they are often overbooked, they have openings sometimes. Here is the list law schools in your state:

I hope this helps and clarifies. Good luck.

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