Non-Lawyer Charged for Providing Legal Services to Immigrants

Posted on: July 4th, 2015 by Suzanne Deliscar Add A Comment

The California case of a man who posed as an attorney and lied to Spanish-speaking immigrants who needed help is a cautionary tale for people in Canada who may consider paying someone who isn’t a lawyer for legal services, says Brampton lawyer-linguist Suzanne Deliscar.

She tells that immigrant communities may be particularly vulnerable to this kind of scam as they are often faced with language and cultural barriers.

“It’s very easy for someone who is new to a country and who doesn’t speak English (or French) in Canada to be duped into thinking they are dealing with a licensed professional when they are not,” she tells the online legal publication.

“This is an issue that Canada must be aware of with its growing immigrant population.”

Jesus Lozano falsely claimed to be an attorney who could represent Spanish-speaking immigrants in an array of court proceedings, including labour, personal injury and immigration cases, according to court records and interviews, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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