Ben Hogan is a paralegal in Burlington, whose practice is focused on Provincial Offences defence. He explains why he looks up paralegals before taking, or offering, sub-contract work — and why he wants them to do the same.
Why do I look you up on the LSUC’s Directory? Because you better look me up on the LSUC Directory!
Sub-file work is an important part of a Highway Traffic Act Practice. We must ensure that we are properly licensed at the time we represent a client, or when we represent as an agent. We must also ensure that the paralegal subbing their File to us is in good standing with LSUC.
Last March, while I was sitting in the court’s Lobby, finishing my coffee, chatting, waiting for court to start, I got a phone call, at 8:45 a.m. It was from a paralegal who needed to sub-out a file; he was going to send it to me, but with due diligence, he checked me out on the LSUC Directory — only to find me listed as SUSPENDED!
Disclose and Protect
In a kind of panicked and embarrassed manner, I informed our Part III prosecutor that I had just learned I was under suspension and would be unable to speak to my matters. Thankfully, he did Administrative Adjournments of my cases and sent me home, like a schoolboy who forgot to bring his homework to school.
I thanked that Paralegal who phoned me that morning, profusely.
On occasion, I have seen a paralegal appear in court while under suspension, and I have seen a paralegal representing a sub-file from a suspended paralegal. It is not a pretty picture, upon discovery by the Justice of the Peace.
Simple Remedy, Lesson Learned
In my case, I had misfiled the LSUC Annual Fee for 2013, and inadvertently missed the deadline for payment. I paid the LSUC invoice online and was restored to good standing the next day. But, what would have happened if I did not get that phone call?
It is the responsibility of every paralegal to ensure that they, and every paralegal they represent or sub-out to, are in good standing with LSUC. So yes, I do my checks and YOU better check me out — particularly in MARCH!
Ben Hogan is a Licensed Paralegal whose practice focus is defence for traffic tickets and summary criminal charges.
Contact Ben at:
Hogan Paralegal Services
1565 Waterdown Road, Burlington, ON L7P 5A2
(905) 634-2100 or Toll Free: 1-855-Ben-Hogan
Fax: (905) 634-2199
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hogan-Paralegal-Services/475545069135789
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