All practising lawyers in BC must be licensed and insured by the Law Society of BC. Those who are unlicensed and offer legal services for a fee or misrepresent themselves as lawyers put the public at risk.
Examples of these legal services, if performed for or in the expectation of a fee, gain or reward, include:
- appearing as counsel or advocate before a court or an administrative tribunal
- preparing court documents, including divorce filings and separation agreements
- incorporating companies and preparing and maintaining corporate records
- drafting wills and probate documents and assisting with probate or the administration of an estate
- giving legal advice
- negotiating the settlement of a claim or demand for damages
- commencing, prosecuting or defending proceedings in court on behalf of others, regardless of whether it is done for a fee.
- offering to perform the above mentioned services or representing that a person is qualified or entitled to perform the services
If you believe someone is providing legal services without a licence, find out how to file a complaint
Risks of using unregulated legal services
You could be at risk for serious legal and financial consequences if you entrust legal matters to unlicensed and unregulated legal service providers.
- Lawyers have the education and training necessary to give legal advice and perform legal services
- Lawyers are subject to ethical and practice standards and regulation by the Law Society
- Lawyers carry insurance and trust protection coverage