B.C. woman allegedly posed as a law firm, got shopper to thoroughly clean and cook dinner in exchange for authorized solutions

The Legislation Modern society of B.C. is inquiring for a decide to stage in and quit a Surrey, B.C., woman accused of posing as a lawyer and charging for authorized solutions ranging from immigration statements to household disputes.

According to court filings, a previous shopper claims she did 140 hours of cleansing and cooking for Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s family in exchange for help with many authorized matters, only to obtain that no get the job done had been completed on her data files.

The shopper wrote in an affidavit filed in B.C. Supreme Court docket on Thursday that Dhaliwal experienced promised to assist with a family members legislation make a difference in February 2023.

The affidavit alleges that when the client asked about the position of her circumstance 4 months afterwards, Dhaliwal threatened her.

“Ms. Dhaliwal would not give me any update and alternatively told me not to return to the dwelling or business office. She threatened me with her canine, saying that they would chunk me if I at any time came back again,” the former consumer wrote.

“Ms. Dhaliwal overlooked my mobile phone calls right after that.”

The previous consumer alleges that Dhaliwal referred to herself making use of the Punjabi term for attorney, and gave her identify as “Jaspreet.” 

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

The serious Jaspreet Dhaliwal advised CBC News in a published 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 lawyer. I am appalled to learn Jasmeet Dhaliwal was working with my name in this manner.”

The client’s affidavit suggests she only figured out Jasmeet Dhaliwal’s authentic title and uncovered she wasn’t a lawyer right after turning to a local community legal clinic for assist.

A petition from the law modern society asks for an purchase forever prohibiting Dhaliwal and her company, International Unity Consulting, from partaking in the practice of law, unless she gets a member in fantastic standing.

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

“We are currently wanting into this complaint as it was falsely introduced on by an individual. We have been just conscious of this complaint and will be getting in touch with the law society towards the exact same,” she wrote.

She said she has reached out to the regulation society to test to take care of the issue.

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

The former client’s affidavit says she turned to Dhaliwal for aid after a lawful assist lawyer allegedly agreed to a divorce get without having her consent. A co-worker suggested Dhaliwal, contacting her a “great lawyer,” in accordance to the affidavit.

The client writes that all of her dealings with Dhaliwal ended up in Punjabi. She alleges Dhaliwal informed her she could reopen her divorce situation, file a legislation modern society criticism and a defamation lawsuit from her original attorney, and file two complaints from her ex-husband with Canadian immigration authorities.

Dhaliwal allegedly told the consumer her charge for these companies would be $4,000. The client’s affidavit states that when she advised Dhaliwal she would have problems spending this amount of money, they struck a deal in which she would cook dinner and cleanse for Dhaliwal’s mom ahead of a family members wedding ceremony.

The previous shopper estimates she worked 140 hours for the loved ones amongst May 17 and June 10. She states Dhaliwal place the full at 70 several hours and agreed to lower her bill by $1,050, the equal of $15 an hour — less than minimal wage.

A community law clinic in Surrey submitted a grievance about Dhaliwal with the Regulation Society of B.C. (Manjula Dufresne/CBC )

According to the affidavit, the shopper confronted Dhaliwal about the standing of her files after the wedding, and Dhaliwal lower off interaction.

The consumer says she turned to Resources Authorized Methods Centre in Surrey for assistance with her spouse and children law circumstance. An advocate informed her that Dhaliwal was not a attorney and could not provide lawful providers.

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

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

Dhaliwal faced comparable allegations in a little claims lawsuit filed in December by a male who states he paid out her a $2,500 retainer to enable him secure Canadian citizenship and manage a custody dispute with his ex-spouse.

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

The assert also suggests that immediately after a lot more than a 12 months without any progress on the file and several ever more disappointed 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 filed a response to that claim, but advised CBC it is remaining settled.