IDFPR Investigation FAQs
The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) does more than just issue licenses to qualified professionals, they are also tasked to monitor those licensed professionals actions and behaviors, ensuring they meet the standards required to obtain the licenses. If you are under investigation by the IDFPR, here are a few key questions read over concerning your situation.
What to do if under IDFPR investigation?
If you are under investigation by the IDFPR, you should contact an attorney immediately. Choosing an attorney is always a complicated process. In doing so, important factors to consider include: does the attorney have experience in licensing/IDFPR issues and can he or she guide you through the often complicated process? Licensees who represent themselves before the IDFPR may not receive same level of attention as those represented by an attorney, which means your license and livelihood might be at greater risk than if you have legal representation. If you have received a notification from the IDFPR, contact the attorneys of Bell & Shah, LLC, immediately before the investigation begins, if possible. We have a wealth of experience in working on IDFPR matters and are available to help you navigate through these difficult situations.
Do I need an attorney if the IDFPR has contacted me regarding allegations of misconduct?
You are not required to have an attorney during such misconduct hearings, but it is strongly recommended that you retain one. Our experience over years of dealing with the IDFPR has revealed that the process tends to be far less problematic for those that proceed through IDFPR proceedings with an attorney than those without. Frequently, those with an attorney seem to obtain better results faster as well.
Do I need a lawyer if I have an informal conference scheduled?
No, but it is strongly recommended that you retain one. Our experience over years of dealing with the IDFPR has revealed that the chances of obtaining positive results at informal conferences increase dramatically with the assistance of representation. Frequently, the conferences also seem to proceed in a far less adversarial manner when you are represented by counsel.
What should I do if the IDFPR wants to suspend or revoke my license?
What should I do if the IDFPR wants to suspend or revoke my license? Professionals with licenses in good standing may continue to practice during the investigative and complaint process unless the IDFPR indicates otherwise. If you are faced with a potential disciplinary matter, obtain a copy of the complaint or notice from the IDFPR as well as all supporting documentation and then contact our office to schedule a consultation.
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