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

The BC Supreme Court has ordered that Marla Cohen* of Vernon be prohibited from appearing as counsel or advocate; preparing wills or estate documents, preparing documents for use in a judicial or extra-judicial proceeding or a proceeding under a statute; giving legal advice or representing that she is qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: March 2, 2006.

*Note: this not BC lawyer Marla Gilsig, formerly Marla Cohen, who is a non-practising member of the Society.

On application of the Law Society, the BC Supreme has ordered, by consent, that Andrew Pavey and Advanced Mediation Associates Inc. 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 representing that they are qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: December 14, 2005.

The Court has also ordered Auguste Christiane Frederich Von Pfahlenburg-Marienburg (AKA Christiane Von Pfahlenburg, AKA Walther Kay Diener) of Vancouver and his company Argento Metals Compagnie Ltd. (AKA A.M. CIE Ltd.) 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; or representing that they are qualified or entitled to provide any of these services for a fee: January 31, 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.