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Unauthorized practice of law in California. What can you do if you became a victim of someone who is unauthorized to practice law in California?

Unauthorized practice of law in California. What can you do if you became a victim of someone who is unauthorized to practice law in California?

 

“In California, only attorneys can practice law. When someone who is not licensed to practice law provides services that can only be performed by attorneys, that is called the unauthorized practice of law (UPL). UPL is a crime.”

Additional info: https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Free-Legal-Information/Unauthorized-Practice-of-Law

 

If you realized that you are a victim of someone who is unlicensed, you can file a complaint with the State Bar.

Link: https://apps.calbar.ca.gov/complaint/upl/index

 

Additionally, in California notaries public are not lawyers.

If you need assistance with immigration issues and decided to hire an immigration consultant rather that an attorney, you have to know what an immigration consultant can and cannot do.

What immigration consultant CAN do:

  • Help fill out paperwork;
  • Translate documents;
  • Submit forms to government agencies.

What immigration consultant CANNOT do:

  • Select what forms you need;
  • Tell you how to fill out forms;
  • Give legal advice;
  • Represent anyone in Immigration Court.

Additional Information: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Free-Legal-Information/Unauthorized-Practice-of-Law/Avoiding-Fraud-by-Immigration-Consultants

 

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Ms. Rogova, who is bilingual English-Russian, earned her law degrees from American and Russian universities. She earned her Russian law degree in 2003 and practiced law in Russia for over 7 years. Ms. Rogova has a broad range of legal experience in Russia such as contract litigation, corporate law, arbitration, real estate, and labor law. In addition to her law degree, in 2007 Ms. Rogova earned a Master of Finance degree.

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