Society obtains new unauthorized practice undertakings and orders

Editor's note: Information on unauthorized practice undertakings is only published online for two years. As a result, some of this article is no longer available.

The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered, by consent, that Gary Carlsen, also known as Gary Sir John Carlsen III, of Abbotsford, be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate; drawing documents for judicial or extra-judicial proceedings, wills, trust deeds, powers of attorney or probate or estate documents, documents under a statute or instruments relating to real or personal estate; giving legal advice or offering or holding out as qualified or entitled to provide these services for fee: March 6, 2002. The Law Society was awarded costs.

On application of the Law Society, the B.C. Supreme Court has ordered that Lee Hanlon of Chilliwack be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate, drawing documents in any judicial or extra-judicial proceeding, negotiating claims or demands for damages; giving legal advice; or offering or holding out that he is qualified or entitled to do any of these things unless he becomes entitled to practise law in BC. The order specifies that nothing prevents Mr. Hanlon from providing legal services in accordance with paramount federal or provincial legislation that specifically authorizes the provision of such services by a non-lawyer for a fee: January 11, 2002.

The B.C. Supreme Court has ordered, by consent, that Walter A.E. Hick and W.A.E. Hick & Associates Ltd., of Victoria, be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate in enforcement proceedings under the Liquor Control Licensing Act or before the Liquor Appeal Board, drawing documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or relating to enforcement under the Liquor Control Licensing Act, giving legal advice or offering or holding out as entitled to provide such services for a fee: March 21, 2002.

The BC Supreme Court has ordered, by consent, that Harold Huebner, of Coquitlam, doing business as "Compensation Consulting Services" or under any other name, be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate, drawing documents relating to proceedings under the Workers Compensation Act, negotiating for the settlement of claims, giving legal advice or offering or holding out as qualified or entitled to provide these services for fee: March 5, 2002.

Jacob Mendelsohn, of Victoria, has consented to a Supreme Court order that he be prohibited from holding out as a lawyer and from appearing as counsel or advocate, drawing corporate documents or documents for use in a judicial or quasi-judicial proceeding, negotiating for the settlement of a claim or demand for damages or giving legal advice for a fee or offering or holding out that he is qualified or entitled to do so: April 16, 2002.

The BC Supreme Court has ordered, by consent, that Steven Serenas and S. Serenas & Associates (1988) Inc., of Vancouver, be prohibited from drawing corporate documents, wills, trust deeds, powers of attorney, probate and estate documents or documents relating to proceedings under statute; giving legal advice or offering or holding out as qualified or entitled to provide these services for a fee: March 6, 2002. The Law Society was awarded costs. Mr. Serenas had previously undertaken not to engage in unauthorized practice: see May-June, 1999 Benchers' Bulletin.