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Welcome to Cornwallparalegal.com.    I’m James Moak, and have been a paralegal  for over 33 years.

We are all now licensed by the Law Society of Upper Canada, as such you can be assured of professional quality legal services.

We would be pleased to assist you in whatever your legal needs may be.

From the Kingston, Ottawa, Cornwall triangle I am here to serve you.  Other areas upon request whether on a direct or agency basis.  We also specialize in acting as agent for Law Firms, Paralegal Firms, Financial Institutions or other parties from outside our region..

Numerous agents available to assist you across the Province of Ontario.

Paralegals now perform in many areas of the law, and you’d be surprised how we can assist you.

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Legal Decisions Defines Licensed Legal Professional in Ontario – Paralegal’s See Victory in Court Case

Legal Decisions Defines Licensed Legal Professional in Ontario – Paralegal’s See Victory in Court Case

EnzoCFN –  I’ve always been told that the law is a living thing and that by cases heard by learned judges case law develops into accepted practice.
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As our court systems become more and more bogged down, and less people can afford legal services, Paralegals have evolved here in Ontario and other jurisdictions and a case recently heard was a victory for them as the court system accepts them more and more with each passing year and helps defines their boundaries.
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With Small Claims courts now awarding amounts as high as $25,000 Paralegals are working on more complex cases.
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One of the areas of practice for them are landlord and tenant cases.   While there’s a basic tenant in law that you can always represent yourself the definition of who can represent you legally just saw a victory for the Paralegal profession.
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The Law Society of Upper Canada just saw such a victory in their case VS Enzo Vincent Chiarelli who was acting for a landlord, but was not a licensed Paralegal or lawyer.
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The key question in front of the Court was the definition of Landlord in regard to appearing in front of the Landlord and tenant Board. The grey area until now was the definition of Landlord and unlicensed people, usually property managers, were claiming they were exempt as they met the definition of Landlord.
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This decision clearly states that they meet the definition of landlord for the the purposes of collecting rents etc. BUT NOT EXEMPT AND NOT ALLOWED TO PROVIDE LEGAL SERVICES SPECIFICALLY ACTING FOR LANDLORDS AT THE BOARD.
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Paragraph 16 refers to Section 26.1 of Law Society Act which states only licensee shall provide legal services.   Legal services is also defined.
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Paragraph 19 finds that RTA clearly distinguishes between a landlord and an agent
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This decision also coins a new phrase- LICENSED LEGAL PROFESSIONAL- this puts Para Legals in the same class as Lawyers.
The above question has been hanging around for five years and finally  a binding decision has been made which will greatly help provide protection for the public from unlicensed people.
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The decision also extends to preparation of documents(notice of rent arrears etc) this meets definition of providing legal services-(LSUC ACT) this is very important for the profession as it will provide work for the many new graduates.
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Secondly it will provide much needed area of practice for paralegals especially the many new ones.   It also  will also stop unlicensed people from preparing the forms as this meets the definition of providing legal services.
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