TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - It may have been a bumpy road, but the paralegal
industry is finally on the path to credibility a year after new legislation
came into effect to monitor and certify paralegals.
X-Copper Legal Services Professional Corporation (X-Copper), one of
Ontario's most recognized paralegal firms, knows firsthand how committed The
Law Society of Upper Canada (LSUC) was to overhauling the paralegal system.
The new rules for licensing put the brakes on X-Copper temporarily leaving
approximately 6,000 clients without representation. In September 2008,
X-Copper was purchased by new owners who are licensed lawyers and paralegals.
They worked closely with the LSUC to ensure that all of X-Copper's previous
clients left in legal limbo were contacted and offered solutions. A year
later, all those cases have been resolved or have new representatives with a
large majority opting to remain with X-Copper.
The Law Society of Upper Canada introduced a new regulatory framework for
paralegals in Ontario that included licensing and insurance, rules for
professional conduct, and educational standards. According to the LSUC's 2008
annual report, there are 2,283 licensed paralegals providing legal services
throughout the province.
Peter Dotsikas, one of the new owners of X-Copper, says the changes have
raised the standard of the profession now that paralegals are being held to
the same benchmark as lawyers.
"Prior to the LSUC regulations coming into effect in May 2008, I heard
countless stories about agents misrepresenting their clients. One of the
benefits of paralegal regulation is that it has excluded those people who
should have never been in the industry in the first place," he says. "The
public now has a safety net when hiring paralegal firms - something that has
been long overdue."
Dotsikas says that X-Copper's paralegals and lawyers are all licensed and
in good standing with the LSUC. "Our clients can be confident that their
representatives are licensed professionals who will defend their rights in
court and achieve a successful resolution to their legal issues."
X-Copper provides professional, effective and affordable legal services
to Canadians charged with highway traffic, criminal, or commercial vehicle
offences. X-Copper has offices in Toronto, Markham, Mississauga and Barrie.
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