I wanted to issue this warning of types. It is come to my attention through my existing clients, that there is a legal services company standing outside the San Fernando Courthouse offering legal services.
Apparently their game is to approach you and ask if you are representing yourself in your divorce. What they are attempting to do is identify folks who are going to the self help center in an attempt to lure them to their local legal services offices.
I guess this works as a business plan to get new clients, but what has happened is that it seems they will look at your paperwork and say that there is something wrong with it. They are doing a quick review of your divorce paperwork and then pointing out things that are wrong.
Where this has caused a problem is with my clients who i send down there for hearings or to see the facilitator or some other such function.
I received a few calls from my clients who said they were advised by someone who identified themselves as a paralegal and offered to review their paperwork. They quickly pointed out supposed issues with the paperwork that I had completed.
My clients called me to make sure the paperwork was correct. After telling them that their paperwork was, in fact correct, they were able to finish their business at the courthouse.
I don't have an issue with a legal services poaching customers outside the court, but i do have an issue with someone telling people that their paperwork is incorrect when it isn't.
If you are my client, please simply walk past these folks who are doing nothing more than hunting for business dressed up as “free help” from some random stranger standing on the street.
At first I thought it was a pretty good idea to have folks standing out and asking people if they needed help. But after a few moments i realized that is just does not provide the professional image we wish to portray to our clients.
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