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RETAINING A LAWYER WARNING: YUKON LAW SOCIETY REFERRALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT:
Yukon Law Society referrals are based on a bored telephone clerk asking you where you want a lawyer. She then looks at her list and takes the name of the next lawyer whose turn has come up.
There is no checking of skills, suitability or experience. Lawyers using law societies referrals pay a fee and when it is their turn they get the referral. The system stinks.
Law Society of Yukon
Suite 201, 302 Steele Street
Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2C5
DID YOU KNOW?
Most disbarred lawyers are readmitted to practice law after the dust settles.
Most "sentences" imposed on a lawyer are nothing more than a modest fine with years to pay.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU COMPLAIN?
A copy of your complaint and any documents you provide will then be sent to the lawyer. The lawyer is required to respond within 30 days of receipt of the complaint.
The Chair of the Law Society Discipline Committee will review both parties' letters and decide whether to dismiss the complaint or order an investigation. Depending on the results of an investigation, the Chair of the Discipline Committee may direct that a hearing
Matters proceeding to inquiry are unproven allegations, which have not yet been the subject of a hearing to determine validity.
Do you have a complaint about your lawyer's bill? consult the CanLaw page on dealing with lawyer's bills.
There is a separate court procedure, known as an assessment, to deal with these complaints. It is not done by the Law Society. Assessment of lawyer's bills is done through the Court, not your local Law Society. Please look in the government section of the telephone book under Courts for the telephone number of the office near you.
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Asking a law society to help is like asking a snake not to bite you.
We are NOT lawyers. We caution all consumers to be very careful in dealing with any Law Society since they represent lawyers only. They do not represent you the client. CanLaw provides legal information and resources. CanLaw never provides legal advice.
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