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Disbarred Bellmore Attorney Charged With Stealing $400,000 From Client

According to the Nassau County District Attorney's office, Robert Alan Wagner, age 63 of Bellmore was "charged with stealing more than $400,000 in estate funds" that he held in escrow for an Executrix of an Estate that he represented in the sale of real estate. In December 2013 the deceased woman's house was sold for $450,000 and after payment of expenses, the attorney presumably deposited the balance in an escrow account - which was to be used to pay the Estate's expenses and to distribute the balance to the heirs of the Estate.

Many calls were made by the beneficiaries to attorney Wagner seeking payment. The attorney allegedly deceived his clients and stalled matters with multiple excuses. No payments were made to the heirs and it is believed the attorney spent the money.

Lessons learned? Be aware that there is no law requiring attorneys in New York to carry legal malpractice insurance, which only provides coverage for negligent acts--not an intentional theft. Frequently, the attorneys who steal from their clients, have little if any way to pay it back. Many have had alcohol, drug and/or gambling problems. Worse they have lost, or will soon lose their ability to continue working as an attorney. For those who have been victimized by a dishonest attorney you should contact the Lawyer's Fund for Client Protection which provides some reimbursement. You can visit their website at

Ronald C. Burke, Esq

Trial Attorney with 30+ Years of Experience Attorney Ronald C. Burke, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience and has focused his career on representing clients in cases involving personal injury, medical malpractice and legal malpractice. He is a seasoned trial lawyer and has won many seven-figure settlements and verdicts for his clients over the years, including many case victories listed among the largest in the history of the New York State. He has been featured in the news and is a regular lecturer for the New York County Lawyers Association, as well as having lectured before the New York State Bar Association. Ron is also an attorney with Kelner & Kelner, a New York personal injury law firm. Awards and Accolades Mr. Burke's awards and accolades are many. Among them, he has been included in New York Super Lawyers® each year since 2010, and he has received the highest-possible AV® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®. Verdict Search, a part of the New York Law Journal, frequently recognizes his notable successes after winning some of the highest settlements and verdicts in past years. He was also featured in their list of the "Top New York Verdicts " and "Top New York Settlements." He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court. When Attorney Burke is not handling legal malpractice cases, he is highly involved in the local community. He was a member of the Village of Rockville Centre Volunteer Fire Department, has served on the local school board and as Chairman of the local Zoning Board. Learn more about Attorney Burke and how he can skillfully handle your malpractice case by contacting the Law Offices of Ronald C. Burke, Esq. right away to schedule your complimentary case evaluation. Our firm is here to help! Contact a New York Legal Malpractice Attorney Our firm provides each client's case with thorough preparation and aggressive representation, ensuring that you win the best possible results for your case whether it is settled or goes to trial. As a seasoned trial lawyer, Mr. Burke can provide the strong and relentless representation you need to establish negligence in a legal malpractice case and to recover any damages you may have suffered. Our firm can recover compensation for pre-trial and trial malpractice, violations of fee arrangements, loss of income, pain and suffering, and much more. Contact us today!


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