Asking a law society to help is like asking a snake not to bite you.

 

The Law Society of Upper Canada

  • Reinstates disbarred lawyers,
  • Does not report lawyers who steal massive amounts of client money to the police.
  • Dismisses 90% to 95% of the 5,000 complaints against lawyers it received each year.

 

Complaints?

  • Most lawyers are hard working, honest and reliable.
  •  Unfortunately, there are bad apples who make life difficult for clients and the other lawyers.
  • The Law Societies do not weed these bad apples out. They protect them from consumer complaints

BUT

“The only thing necessary

 for the triumph of evil is for

good men to do nothing.”

Edmund Burke is watching

 CanLaw knows that most lawyers are basically honest, hard working, solid citizens. It is in their interest to force LSUC to reform and treat complaints seriously

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 Dealing With the

Law Society of Upper Canada

(LSUC) (Ontario)

 

The Law Society of Upper Canada is, like all law societies, a union for lawyers. The Law Society Referral Service (LSRS) is a strange service which works for lawyers. CanLaw works for you

Law societies are designed, not to protect consumers from lawyers, but to protect lawyers from consumers.

The Law Society of Upper Canada averages about 5,000 complaints a year from consumers about lawyers. That is one complaint for every 5 lawyers in Ontario.

What happens? The Law Society dismisses all but about 100 of the claims it gets.

Filing a complaint against a lawyer is like pissing in the wind. You will get all wet

Lawyers who have been disbarred for serious offences including criminal, are routinely reinstated. after the dust settles.

The LSUC refuses to report lawyers who commit serious criminal offences to the police, claiming privacy. Protecting criminals? Why?

Lawyers who are "disciplined are given years to pay their "fines"

Law society employees cannot be sued when "acting in good faith."

SO STOP AND THINK. THE LSUC WILL PROBABLY NOT BE OF MUCH, IF ANY HELP  TO YOU IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH A LAWYER.

Law Societies do not believe non lawyers and are biased and dishonest in dealing with complaints

The Law Society of Upper Canada says it regulates Ontario's lawyers and paralegals in the public interest and facilitates access to justice for the people of Ontario. That is self serving garbage.

TRANSLATION? The Law Society of Upper Canada exists, not to protect the public from lawyers, but to protect lawyers from the public

Complaints?

The Law Society of Upper Canada averages about 5000  complaints against lawyers each year.

 

They dismiss about 4900 of these and act only on about 100. What does that tell you?

 

In fact, most  consumer complaints are frivolous, groundless and do not have any real merit. These are quickly dismissed by any law society.

 

However your complaint should be filed on the slight chance that they will have an impact.

HERE IS A DIRECT QUOTE FROM THE LSUC PAGE ON HOW THEY HANDLE COMPLAINTSYou have less than one chance in ten of getting anywhere with your complaint.

Note the "principled and balanced" bit. This does not match our experience with them. They dismiss most complaints out of hand.

 

"One of the Law Society's most important duties is responding to complaints about lawyers and paralegals. We also respond to information about illegal practitioners who are providing legal services. Our complaints process is principled and balanced so that we can continue to protect the public interest while treating everyone involved fairly at all times.

We review and consider every complaint we receive, although we may not take action on all of them."

Contact the LSUC Complaints Department

 

Complaints Services

The Law Society of Upper Canada

Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen Street West

Toronto Ontario

M5H 2N6

General line: 416-947-3310

Toll-free: 1-800-268-7568

Fax: 416-947-5263

 

 

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  - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

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Asking a law society to help is like asking a snake not to bite you.

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