B.C. woman allegedly posed as a attorney, received shopper to thoroughly clean and prepare dinner in trade for legal services

The Legislation Culture of B.C. is inquiring for a decide to phase in and quit a Surrey, B.C., woman accused of posing as a attorney and charging for authorized solutions ranging from immigration statements to spouse and children disputes.

In accordance to courtroom filings, a former customer says she did 140 hours of cleansing and cooking for Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s family in exchange for assist with several lawful issues, only to obtain that no work had been finished on her information.

The shopper wrote in an affidavit submitted in B.C. Supreme Court on Thursday that Dhaliwal had promised to assist with a spouse and children legislation matter in February 2023.

The affidavit alleges that when the customer questioned about the status of her situation four months later on, Dhaliwal threatened her.

“Ms. Dhaliwal would not give me any update and in its place advised me not to return to the residence or workplace. She threatened me with her canine, indicating that they would bite me if I ever came again,” the previous consumer wrote.

“Ms. Dhaliwal dismissed my cellphone calls after that.”

The previous shopper alleges that Dhaliwal referred to herself employing the Punjabi word for attorney, and gave her title as “Jaspreet.” 

The legislation society’s registry lists Jaspreet Dhaliwal as a law firm in good standing.

The serious Jaspreet Dhaliwal explained to CBC News in a written assertion, “I would like to make it very clear that I am in no way affiliated or know the personal who has misrepresented on their own as a lawyer. I am appalled to understand Jasmeet Dhaliwal was working with my title in this fashion.”

The client’s affidavit says she only learned Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s genuine identify and identified she was not a attorney just after turning to a community lawful clinic for assist.

A petition from the regulation culture asks for an purchase completely prohibiting Dhaliwal and her corporation, Worldwide Unity Consulting, from participating in the apply of legislation, unless she will become a member in great standing.

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

“We are at the moment searching into this criticism as it was falsely brought on by anyone. We were just aware of this grievance and will be contacting the legislation culture in opposition to the identical,” she wrote.

She stated she has arrived at out to the legislation culture to try out to take care of the issue.

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

The previous client’s affidavit suggests she turned to Dhaliwal for support immediately after a authorized help attorney allegedly agreed to a divorce purchase with out her consent. A co-employee advisable Dhaliwal, calling her a “superior attorney,” in accordance to the affidavit.

The shopper writes that all of her dealings with Dhaliwal ended up in Punjabi. She alleges Dhaliwal informed her she could reopen her divorce circumstance, file a regulation modern society criticism and a defamation lawsuit versus her authentic attorney, and file two problems from her ex-partner with Canadian immigration authorities.

Dhaliwal allegedly told the consumer her charge for these services would be $4,000. The client’s affidavit suggests that when she instructed Dhaliwal she would have difficulties paying this volume, they struck a deal in which she would cook and thoroughly clean for Dhaliwal’s mother prior to a family members marriage ceremony.

The previous client estimates she worked 140 hours for the loved ones amongst Might 17 and June 10. She says Dhaliwal set the full at 70 several hours and agreed to decrease her bill by $1,050, the equivalent 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 legislation clinic in Surrey filed a grievance about Dhaliwal with the Legislation Culture of B.C. (Manjula Dufresne/CBC )

In accordance to the affidavit, the client confronted Dhaliwal about the standing of her documents following the wedding ceremony, and Dhaliwal slash off conversation.

The client suggests she turned to Resources Authorized Assets Centre in Surrey for help with her loved ones regulation situation. An advocate educated her that Dhaliwal was not a attorney and could not supply legal providers.

“I do not consider Ms. Dhaliwal filed any paperwork or contacted any of the organizations or businesses on my behalf as she said she did,” the shopper wrote in her affidavit.

Resources would later on file a grievance with the regulation modern society.

Dhaliwal confronted comparable allegations in a compact statements lawsuit filed in December by a male who states he compensated her a $2,500 retainer to help him protected Canadian citizenship and manage a custody dispute with his ex-wife.

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

The assert also says that immediately after much more than a yr devoid of any progress on the file and quite a few more and more discouraged requests for updates, “Dhaliwal responded out of the blue, describing to the claimant that she was a paralegal, not a law firm.”

Dhaliwal has not submitted a response to that declare, but told CBC it is staying settled.