Alice Boyd of Lentegeur paid R47,000 three years ago to a bogus conveyancing attorney in terms of a settlement agreement covering her husband's share of their common home when it was transferred into her name after their divorce. The conveyancing attorney maintains that, although the money was not in his trust account, Mrs Boyd had assured him it was safe after showing him receipts of her payments to a close corporation which at the time had provided community legal services in Mitchell's Plain.
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According to Nalini Gangen of the Cape Law Society, the attorney's fidelity fund provides protection to the public in the event of theft of funds by an attorney, but because the person to whom the money was paid in this case was not an attorney, no such protection is available.
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