Will everyone know my financial affairs and how much money I lost?

No. Arbitration is private and not open to the press. Only the parties and those representing the parties will generally know what is filed with the arbitration forum. Of course, there is no guarantee that one party will keep all the information confidential, but it is a common practice for parties in an arbitration to enter into a confidentiality agreement to further try and protect the privacy of everyone involved. 

Privacy and confidentiality can be of particular concern to those clients that live and work in small communities, or are concerned that others may learn of the arbitration, their personal financial condition, or the losses they incurred from trusting one of the local, well-known and respected financial professionals.  Many prospective clients feel guilty or ashamed of letting their accounts be improperly invested, but the legal duties are on the financial professional, not the client.  These fears and concerns are generally overcome and mitigated by the confidential nature of arbitration.  Often, nobody ever learns of the case, and pragmatically, most brokers and advisers don't advertise the fact they have had claims made against them from others in the community.

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Bryan Forman helped me through the turmoil of an investment advisor taking my family’s money. I was depressed and they gave me hope. They helped me recover some of the money taken from me. Bryan and his assistant Melody Bounds helped me with other concerns in my life and I am grateful. They kept me informed every step of the way and I highly recommend their firm. Nancy
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Bryan and his assistant Melody could not have been more kind, compassionate and attentive. They explained everything that would be happening and were always available. My family is extremely grateful for the way they handled our legal issue. I would highly recommend them for your investment and securities issues.
I hired Bryan to help me with an issue with a financial institution. Bryan and his assistant Melody Bounds were professional and personal while resolving my situation. Bryan's experience and expertise were crucial in the positive outcome. Both he and Melody spent long hours researching and preparing my case. There was excellent communication during the process and they always kept me informed on the current events in my case. They treated me like family and not just a client. I would highly recommend Bryan Forman to represent anyone that needs legal representation regarding possible malpractice regarding investment fraud. Bryan will listen sincerely to your situation and give you his honest opinion on the validity of your case. John
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