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Post date: May 19 2014

A.G. Schneiderman Sends Cease And Desist To Business Illegally Practicing Law

Schneiderman: My Office Will Work To Ensure That Anyone Practicing Law In New York State Is Licensed To Do So

WATERTOWN – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today issued a notice of proposed litigation, cease and desist letter, and a subpoena for business records to Derek Distenfield and his business, Legal Docs By Me, LLC for the unauthorized practice of law.  

“It is critical that New Yorkers receive strong legal advice from knowledgeable and qualified attorneys,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will take whatever steps necessary to ensure that anyone practicing law in New York State is licensed to do so.” 

Mr. Distenfield recently launched Legal Docs By Me, LLC, in the Franklin Building in Watertown, to “provide another key to the courthouse.” He has announced plans to open another location in Syracuse, with other stores planned near military bases nationwide. 

According to his LinkedIn profile, Mr. Distenfield previously served as the Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for another similar business, “We The People.” Multiple lawsuits across the country found that “We The People” was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, and in some instances, that the business had materially prejudiced the interests of its clients and forged client signatures. Distenfield was involved with this father and stepmom, Ira & Linda Distenfield, in We The People, both of whom are also currently involved with Legal Docs By Me, LLC.  

Anyone who believes they have been a victim of fraudulent legal practices should contact the Attorney General’s consumer fraud helpline at 1-800-771-7755.