Unauthorized practice undertakings and orders

The Law Society has obtained the following court orders and undertakings to prevent non-lawyers from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

Court orders

On application of the Law Society, the BC Supreme Court has ordered that former lawyer James D. Hall, of Victoria, be prohibited from representing that he is a lawyer and also from appearing as counsel or advocate; preparing corporate documents, wills or estate documents, documents relating to real or personal estate or documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or a proceeding under a statute; negotiating for the settlement of a claim or demand for damages; giving legal advice; placing at another’s disposal the services of a lawyer; or representing that he is qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: March 20, 2006.

The BC Supreme has also ordered that Larry Bellman, doing business personally and as Stonecypher Enterprises, of Penticton, be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate; preparing documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or a proceeding under a statute; negotiating for the settlement of a claim or demand for damages; giving legal advice or offering or representing that he is qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: April 11, 2006.

The BC Supreme has further ordered that John P. Micka and his company Machiavelli & Associates Emprize Inc., of New Westminster, be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate; preparing documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or a proceeding under a statute; negotiating for the settlement of a claim or demand for damages; giving legal advice or offering or representing that they are qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: May 10, 2006.

Undertakings

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.