A complaint to the Upper Law Society of Canada regarding a Barrie paralegal Diane Lynn Smith (link to the ULSC website – go to directory) to be investigated for allegedly sending a letter to a tenant while she was under suspension and other allegations. The Upper Law Society has not sent any further information as to its point in the investigation or its rulings. Can you see after reading the letter she sent to the Tenant, what the other complaint the Tenant filed against her ?
The Smith Paralegal Facebook page shows her having an office on Anne Street last year, and another address for the Bayfield Mall to the Masters Drive address on her letterhead in June of this year. This was voted to be added to our Paralegals Gone Wild Section.
Read the letter that was sent to the tenant and see if you can pick out the reason why the Tenant initially filed the complaints against Smith Paralegal Services of Barrie. Diane Smith is Suspended Administratively.
Suspended Administratively means : "A paralegal who has been suspended for administrative reasons, such as failing to pay fees or file forms on time. A suspended paralegal is not permitted by the Law Society to provide legal services."
There will be further postings to update the status of the complaints that were filed in June 2013 with the Upper Law Society and any additional legal action taken.
It is always a good practice to check the Upper Law Society website for the status of any Lawyer or paralegal to see if any prior complaints have been filed, their license type and their status with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defines Landlord Harassment as :
"Landlord harassment is the willing creation, by a landlord or his agents, of conditions that are uncomfortable for one or more tenants in order to induce willing abandonment of a rental contract. Such a strategy is often sought because it avoids costly legal expenses and potential problems with eviction. This kind of activity is common in regions where rent control laws exist, but which do not allow the direct extension of rent-controlled prices from one tenancy to the subsequent tenancy, thus allowing landlords to set higher prices. Landlord harassment carries specific legal penalties in some jurisdictions, but enforcement can be very difficult or even impossible in many circumstances. However, when a crime is committed in the process and motives similar to those described above are subsequently proven in court, then those motives may be considered an aggravating factor in many jurisdictions, thus subjecting the offender(s) to a stiffer sentence." ~ Wikipedia
** We will post the actual complaint filed and the results when the Upper Law Society finishes investigating the alleged claims against Smith.
If you need to file a complaint against a Lawyer or a paralegal, visit the website of the Upper Law Society of Canada.