Unauthorized practice actions against non-lawyers


The BC Supreme Court ordered that Sarabjit Nagra and World Immigration and Citizenship Consultants Inc., of Victoria, be enjoined from appearing as counsel or advocate, drawing corporate documents, documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or a proceeding under statute, from giving legal advice or from offering or representing themselves as qualified or entitled to provide these services for fee: January 14, 2004.

Finding of contempt of court

The BC Supreme Court has held Steven Serenas and his company, S. Serenas & Associates (1988) Inc., of White Rock, in contempt of court for giving or offering to give legal advice and for drawing documents relating to wills, codicils and incorporations for a fee, contrary to a 2002 BC Supreme Court order that they cease the unauthorized practice of law. The Court has ordered Mr. Serenas and his company to pay a $4,000 fine and $2,000 as special costs and disbursements. Mr. Serenas was also placed on probation for one year, on the condition that he keep the peace, report to a probation officer and complete 100 hours of community work service: March 3, 2004.

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