Unauthorized practice of law

Under the Legal Profession Act, only trained, qualified lawyers may provide legal services and advice to the public. Further, non-lawyers are not regulated, nor are they required to carry insurance to compensate clients for errors and omission in the legal work or claims of theft by unscrupulous individuals marketing legal services. When the Law Society receives complaints about an unqualified or untrained person providing legal assistance, the Society will investigate and take appropriate action if there is a potential for harm to the public.

From December 3, 2010 to February 22, 2011, the Law Society obtained undertakings from 10 individuals and businesses not to engage in the practice of law

The Law Society has obtained court orders prohibiting the following individuals and businesses from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law:

Gongyou Mo (a.k.a. Jason Gongyou Mo) and Candevelop Business Inc., of Burnaby, were found to have offered to prepare divorce documents, a separation agreement and a will for a fee. They have consented to an order not to practise law as defined in section 1 of the Legal Profession Act. They paid the Law Society $3,000 in costs.

Syed Nadir and HSN Accounting & Tax Services Ltd., of Surrey, were found to have offered to incorporate a company and prepare a shareholders’ agreement for a fee. They have consented to an order not to practise law as defined in section 1 of the Legal Profession Act. They were further ordered to pay $1,500 to the Law Society in costs.

Ian McLellan (d.b.a. Consensus Mediation Services), of Nanaimo, was found to have offered legal advice and to draft divorce documents and a separation agreement for a fee. He has consented to an ­order not to practise law as defined in section 1 of the Legal Profession Act.


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