B.C. woman allegedly posed as a lawyer, got client to clean and cook in exchange for legal services

The Legislation Society of B.C. is inquiring for a choose to action in and prevent a Surrey, B.C., woman accused of posing as a attorney and charging for authorized solutions ranging from immigration promises to family disputes.

In accordance to court filings, a former consumer states she did 140 several hours of cleaning and cooking for Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s family members in trade for enable with a number of lawful issues, only to obtain that no get the job done experienced been accomplished on her documents.

The customer wrote in an affidavit submitted in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday that Dhaliwal had promised to enable with a household regulation make any difference in February 2023.

The affidavit alleges that when the client requested about the status of her case four months later, Dhaliwal threatened her.

“Ms. Dhaliwal would not give me any update and rather advised me not to return to the house or business. She threatened me with her dogs, declaring that they would bite me if I ever came again,” the previous shopper wrote.

“Ms. Dhaliwal dismissed my phone calls soon after that.”

The former customer alleges that Dhaliwal referred to herself applying the Punjabi phrase for attorney, and gave her name as “Jaspreet.” 

The regulation society’s registry lists Jaspreet Dhaliwal as a lawyer in great standing.

The genuine Jaspreet Dhaliwal explained to CBC News in a penned statement, “I would like to make it apparent that I am in no way affiliated or know the personal who has misrepresented themselves as a law firm. I am appalled to learn Jasmeet Dhaliwal was employing my name in this manner.”

The client’s affidavit suggests she only realized Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s actual identify and identified she was not a attorney right after turning to a group lawful clinic for support.

A petition from the law modern society asks for an buy completely prohibiting Dhaliwal and her corporation, World Unity Consulting, from engaging in the apply of regulation, unless she will become a member in very good standing.

Dhaliwal has nevertheless to file a response, but denied all of the allegations in an e mail to CBC.

“We are at this time seeking into this criticism as it was falsely brought on by someone. We ended up just conscious of this complaint and will be making contact with the legislation modern society from the same,” she wrote.

She said she has attained out to the regulation society to test to take care of the subject.

‘I do not believe Ms. Dhaliwal filed any documents’

The previous client’s affidavit claims she turned to Dhaliwal for enable immediately after a lawful assist law firm allegedly agreed to a divorce get without having her consent. A co-worker suggested Dhaliwal, contacting her a “fantastic lawyer,” in accordance to the affidavit.

The customer writes that all of her dealings with Dhaliwal were being in Punjabi. She alleges Dhaliwal informed her she could reopen her divorce circumstance, file a regulation modern society complaint and a defamation lawsuit towards her original lawyer, and file two problems in opposition to her ex-partner with Canadian immigration authorities.

Dhaliwal allegedly told the client her cost for these products and services would be $4,000. The client’s affidavit states that when she told Dhaliwal she would have problems paying out this total, they struck a deal in which she would cook dinner and thoroughly clean for Dhaliwal’s mom just before a relatives marriage.

The former client estimates she labored 140 several hours for the family involving May perhaps 17 and June 10. She states Dhaliwal set the overall at 70 hrs and agreed to minimize her bill by $1,050, the equal of $15 an hour — less than minimal wage.

Concrete steps lead up to the Law Society of B.C. offices in downtown Vancouver.
A group law clinic in Surrey submitted a criticism about Dhaliwal with the Law Modern society of B.C. (Manjula Dufresne/CBC )

In accordance to the affidavit, the client confronted Dhaliwal about the position of her files immediately after the marriage ceremony, and Dhaliwal slash off interaction.

The client suggests she turned to Resources Lawful Resources Centre in Surrey for enable with her household regulation scenario. An advocate knowledgeable her that Dhaliwal was not a attorney and could not offer lawful companies.

“I do not believe Ms. Dhaliwal submitted any files or contacted any of the businesses or corporations on my behalf as she explained she did,” the consumer wrote in her affidavit.

Sources would later file a grievance with the regulation modern society.

Dhaliwal confronted equivalent allegations in a small promises lawsuit filed in December by a man who says he compensated her a $2,500 retainer to enable him safe Canadian citizenship and deal with a custody dispute with his ex-wife.

His claim alleges that Dhaliwal did no get the job done on his file in 22 months, and when she agreed to give him a partial refund, the cheque bounced.

The claim also suggests that immediately after more than a 12 months devoid of any development on the file and several ever more disappointed requests for updates, “Dhaliwal responded suddenly, detailing to the claimant that she was a paralegal, not a law firm.”

Dhaliwal has not filed a reaction to that claim, but informed CBC it is currently being settled.