Wednesday, April 6, 2011
The web page of the Ohio Supreme Court reports:
The Supreme Court of Ohio today approved a consent decree in which the operator of a Youngstown “bankruptcy petition preparer” business agreed to cease and desist from conduct constituting the unauthorized practice of law, and to stop using the business name “Bankruptcy for Less” or any similar name in his business.
The respondent in the case...was assessed a civil penalty of $250 for each of nine counts of unauthorized practice of law, resulting in a total penalty of $2,250.
In its 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court adopted findings by the Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law that in his dealings with the nine clients cited in the complaint against him, [he] went beyond the non-attorney petition preparation services authorized by Section 110, Title 11 of the U.S. bankruptcy code by giving legal advice, preparing court documents beyond the initial bankruptcy petition, and providing or directing clients to sample court documents to be relied upon in drafting documents to be filed with the court.
The court's opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)