WE ARE LAWYERS, NOT CONSULTANTS
|A lawyer is obligatorily a member of the Canadian Bar Association & The Law Society of at least one Province, both professional bodies governed by strict "Code of Conduct and Ethics".||Many so-called consultants are not registered and governed by a professional body|
|A lawyer must buy professional liability insurance for a minimum of $1,000,000 CAD. If the lawyer disappears, you get your money back.||Many unscrupulous consultants do not hold any liability insurance coverage. There are many horror stories of scams.|
|A lawyer is governed by the Strict Professional Code of Conduct.||Unscrupulous consultants have no governing Code of Ethics.|
|A lawyer's communications with his client are, by law, privileged, and the lawyer must maintain the professional secret and the confidentiality of the information he receives from his client.||A consultant's communications do not receive legal protection and the consultant has no confidentiality obligation toward his client.|
|A lawyer is accountable for all moneys entrusted to him.||Unscrupulous consultants have no obligation to account for moneys entrusted to him.|
|Lawyers are professionally trained and have high standards of practice.||Anyone can call himself or herself a Consultant.|
|Only Lawyers can appear in the Federal Court on clients’ behalf.||Consultants are not allowed. They are not qualified.|
|A Directory of members is available to ensure a lawyer is in good standing with their respective Law Society.||Many unscrupulous consultants confuse people with memberships in various unrecognized organizations|
|Complaints concerning the actions of behaviour of a lawyer practising in the province or abroad may be lodged with the Law Society.||
There is no governing body and no complaint mechanism with regards to unregistered consultants' actions or behaviour.
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