Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

July 03, 2008 10:37 ET

Law Society Helps Former Clients of X-Copper

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 3, 2008) - When X-Copper Services Inc. declared bankruptcy at the end of May, several thousand clients found themselves suddenly without legal services. Many of those clients had paid for legal services in advance and had no warning that the company was going to default on those services.

As Ontario's regulator of legal services, the Law Society of Upper Canada will investigate the circumstances that led to the company's bankruptcy. The investigation will allow us to determine if any disciplinary action is warranted.

The Law Society is also concerned that clients of X-Copper are provided with their legal service. It has been actively recovering client files and other material containing client information. Clients are being guided as to the steps they need to take to guard their legal rights. Law Society staff has been assigned to help former clients through the various steps required to obtain new legal representation, to recover their files, or to approach the court to reopen their case. The Law Society is also determining if there are any funds that may be recovered for clients who paid for services they did not receive.

With regulation, paralegals are now required to maintain client funds in trust for unperformed legal services. Specified books and records are also required.

The Law Society regulates lawyers and paralegals in Ontario in the public interest. The Law Society has a duty to protect the public interest, to maintain and advance the cause of justice and the rule of law, to facilitate access to justice for the people of Ontario and to act in a timely, open and efficient manner.

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