Law Society of Upper Canada

Law Society of Upper Canada

November 10, 2010 13:38 ET

Lawyer and Paralegal Directory Now Includes Discipline History

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 10, 2010) - The Law Society of Upper Canada is expanding its online Lawyer and Paralegal Directory to make it easier for the public to find a licensed legal professional.

"The public can look to the Law Society's directory for current, detailed and trustworthy information about Ontario's lawyers and paralegals," says Malcolm Heins, chief executive officer of the Law Society. "People can be assured that the lawyers and paralegals listed in the directory and licensed by the Law Society meet high educational and professional standards. In the unlikely event that there is a problem, clients of a licensed legal professional can come to the Law Society for assistance through our complaints services and compensation fund. You don't have those assurances if you hire an unlicensed and unregulated individual." 

The Law Society's online directory is a convenient way to find contact and practising status information for a lawyer or paralegal. With the expanded directory, it is now easier to confirm whether or not a particular lawyer or paralegal has been the subject of a discipline proceeding. Most legal professionals have no discipline history, but for those who do, summaries of the matter are now easy to access. The expanded directory also includes details on any practice restrictions that may currently exist.

Trusteeship information is also available in the enhanced directory. The Law Society may take control of part or all of a lawyer's or paralegal's practice as part of a regulatory response. The Law Society may also take on a trusteeship where the lawyer or paralegal is no longer able to practise due to a catastrophic event such as a health problem and there are no other provisions in place. If a member of the public is looking for a particular lawyer or paralegal, they can now quickly learn if they should contact the Law Society for more information on a trusteeship.

The Lawyer and Paralegal Directory is available on the Law Society website at www.lsuc.on.ca.

Prior to the launch of the enhanced directory, discipline history, current practice restriction and trusteeship information was only available by contacting the Law Society's Client Service Centre and in a limited form through the website.

In addition to the directory, the Law Society provides a free Lawyer Referral Service, a directory of Certified Specialists and information on the different services provided by lawyers and paralegals. The Law Society's newly launched Your Law video series focuses on helping people with their everyday legal needs.

The Law Society of Upper Canada regulates the lawyers and paralegals of Ontario in the public interest.

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