Dec 16, 2013 12:00 PM by Matthew Schwartz
Tucson-- Justice has been served to Polly Page, in the form of nearly $5,000.
The 35 year-old Green Valley resident will soon be paid the money- and then some- she was owed by her now disbarred attorney, Grady Wade.
Page told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, "I 'm so appreciative that you listened to me and put my story on the air. Thank you, thank you."
Wade represented Page in her divorce case. Then he vanished. Page, struggling financially with two children, had given Wade her Jeep as a retainer.
After Wade disappeared, Page, without an attorney, asked the Arizona State Bar's Client Protection Fund to reimburse her $4,000. The Jeep was worth $5,2000, but Page thought it was fair if she only asked for $4,000 back.
The board's trustees denied her claim. They thought Wade spent sufficient time on Page's case to deserve his payment.
Tucson attorney Deb Hansen saw the News 4 Tucson Investigators report on Page's plight in September. Hansen was outraged that the Fund denied Page's claim, and offered to represent Page free of charge.
Hansen says, "I thought we had a shot at helping this really nice lady. My heart went out to her. I thought we had a shot at helping this really nice lady."
Hansen spent about 30 hours on the appeal. Her research determined that Wade spent no more than two hours on Page's divorce case. Last week, the Client Protection Fund agreed, and awarded Page $4,945, about $1,000 more than she sought.
Page told the News 4 Tucson Investigators, "It's fantastic. I just felt like vindicated. Maybe it was a little bit extra for my pain and suffering, I don't know, but I appreciate it for sure."
Page said about Hansen, "She's my hero, for sure. She's a wonderful person.
Hansen told us, "I appreciate the work that the Channel 4 investigative team has done on this case and brought Polly and I together and I was able to help."
Meanwhile, Grady Wade is nowhere to be found. After he left Page and other clients in the lurch, he was arrested following a hit and run crash in Blythe, Ca. Wade was charged with possession of a loaded gun, DUI, and resisting arrest. Wade reportedly told jailers he was on his way to Oxnard to kill his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. But Polly Page has moved on.
"I feel like I've really developed a great relationship with Deb and you folks at the station," Page told us. "All of you have been wonderful. It just makes me feel really good."
Sources tell the News 4 Tucson Investigators that former attorney Grady Wade has been released from jail.
Polly Page should be receiving her money from the Client Protection Fund in no more than a month or so, thanks for the most part to a compassionate attorney, who came forward to help a stranger.
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