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LAW SOCIETY OF ONTARIO
HAVE YOUR MONEY?
When you give money to a lawyer to hold for you for use in a transaction, possibly even the retainer you provide, the lawyer deposits it in a trust account which should earn interest.
That interest belongs to you, no one else, since it was earned on your money. Ask your lawyer to account for any interest earned on money they are holding for you including retainers and real estate deposits.
The Law Society of Ontario (LSO or LSUC) forces their lawyers to send them the interest earned on client funds held in the lawyers' trust accounts.
That interest money belongs to you, the client, not to the lawyer or the Law Society.
According to LSO (LSUC) accounting, this practice amounts to an average total of some $3 million dollars ($3,000,000.00) a year.
Demand that your lawyer pay your earned interest money to you!
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THE LAW SOCIETY REFERRAL SERVICES USUALLY GIVE YOU THE NEXT LAWYER ON THE LIST REGARDLESS OF SUITABILITY. THAT IS NOT WHAT A REFERRAL SERVICE SHOULD DO. BE WARNED.
CANLAW GIVES YOU THE CHOICE OF SEVERAL LAWYERS WHO ARE QUALIFIED FOR YOUR CASE
Generally when you call a law society referral service, you get the next lawyer on the list based on where you live. Take it or Leave it. They will only give you one name and that even could be a disbarred lawyer who has been reinstated or a lawyer who has stolen vast sums of money or worse. Yes, law societies even reinstate disbarred lawyers.
The Law Society of BC says that law society referrals are a conflict of interest and so did not offer one until recently Strangely they started offering referrals recently despite their belief that it is a conflict of interest.
Other law societies, especially the LAW SOCIETY OF ONTARIO , are not so open.