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Avoid Law Society Referral Services. Choose CanLaw Lawyer Referral Services over the Law Society of Alberta lawyer referral services.
WARNING: LAW SOCIETY OF ALBERTA LAWYER REFERRALS ARE NOT WHAT YOU EXPECT
Law Society referrals are based on a bored, underpaid, under trained 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.
Questions to ask of both the Law Society of Alberta and the lawyer before you retain any Alberta lawyer.
The Law Society of Alberta governs in its own interest by maintaining and strengthening an independent legal profession. It protects lawyers from the public
All Law Societies are basically very powerful unions for lawyers and treat the public with disdain and contempt.
What is the point of disbarring a lawyer if he or she is quietly reinstated down the road? It happens often. Do not trust the Law Society of Alberta
Generally law society hearings are a white wash and a sham. Do not believe the Law Society of Alberta
The Law Society of Alberta claims it serves the public interest by promoting and ensuring high standards of ethics and competence on the part of all those seeking admission to and practising law in Alberta. Do not trust the Law Society of Alberta
To do so, the Law Society of Alberta claims it sets and enforces standards of conduct through a clear and comprehensive Code of Conduct, and a timely, fair and transparent discipline process. Do not believe the Law Society of Alberta
As the regulatory body of Alberta lawyers, the Law Society of Alberta is authorized under the Legal Profession Act to post hearing reports regarding suspensions, disbarments, and other disciplinary action. Do not believe the Law Society of Alberta. It is a monopoly dedicated to protecting its members.
HISTORY OF COMPLAINTS IN ALBERTA
There are about 6,100 practicing lawyer/members of the Alberta Law Society. Complaints run about 3500 a year. Of these about 3000 complaints were rejected out of hand. On average the Alberta Law Society conducts a formal review in about 500 complaints abut only about 50 will ever, according to the Alberta Law Society, ever warrant an investigation
How can so many clients be so wrong?
Most Law Societies will not tell you if they have complaints against a lawyer unless s/he has been "convicted" in an internal discipline hearing. However, of all the complaints received only about ten percent will ever get as far as a discipline hearing in Alberta. The rest will be dismissed or closed at the preliminary stages
Law Society of Alberta
919 - 11th Avenue S. W.
Calgary, AB T2R 1P3
Or call a Complaints Officer at
(403) 229-4724 in Calgary or at
(780) 429-3343 (Edmonton)
For complaints about lawyers in Red Deer or north of Red Deer,
Tel: (780) 429-3343
Toll free: 1-800-272-8839
Fax: (780) 424-1620
For complaints about lawyers south of Red Deer,
Tel: (403) 229-4799
Toll free: 1-800-661-9003 (ext. 4799)
Fax: (403) 228-1728
Law Society Cautions Against Use of Canadian Lawyers Index
Law Society Cautions Against. Use of Canadian Lawyers Index. As a lawyer, you may have recently received an invitation from CanLaw or the Canadian Lawyer ...
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