A.G. Schneiderman Announces Suspension Of Legal Assistance Firm

Judge Signed Order To Show Cause, Issued Temporary Restraining Order Suspending Operations At Legal Docs By Me

Schneiderman: I Will Keep Working To Shut Down Unscrupulous Businesses Owners Who Take Advantage Of Trusting New Yorkers

WATERTOWN – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced that, after reviewing extensive evidence produced by his office, Supreme Court Justice James McClusky this morning signed an order to show cause and issued a temporary restraining order, effectively suspending operations at two Legal Docs By Me locations in Watertown and Syracuse.

“The allegations in this caseare not limitedto a business simply filling in the blanks on official forms,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “The consequences of receiving erroneous or inadequate legal assistance can spell financial and personal disaster for consumers. I will keep working to shut down unscrupulous business owners who take advantage of trusting New Yorkers.”  

Attorney General Schneiderman’s filing presented to the court alleged that Legal Docs By Me was misrepresenting the services it was providing to consumers, misrepresented pricing of its services, regularly provided misinformation to consumers about legal transactions, and was regularly engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

Specific examples articulated in the Attorney General’s papers included advising a divorce client to empty joint bank accounts and take her husband’s car, and not to report actual income on divorce filings where it was under the table; failing to properly serve legal papers; offering to “draw up” buy-sell agreements and deeds, and relying on legal guidance obtained via Google search.

A hearing is scheduled for July 15, 2014. 

This case was handled by Assistant Attorney General In Charge Deanna R. Nelson and Assistant Attorney General Alicia Lendon, Senior Investigators Chad Shelmidine and Andrea Buttenschon, and Marty Mack, Executive Deputy Attorney General for Regional Offices.

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