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The State Bar of California issued the following fraud alert today to warn the public to report and watch out for potential legal fraud in response to federal warnings about mass family deportations.
The State Bar operates from the principle that everyone, no matter their immigration status, has the right to counsel as well as due process.
Steps you can take to avoid fraud from attorneys and unlicensed legal providers, including non-attorneys using the title notario:
California law prohibits lawyers or others acting on behalf of a lawyer from:
Use care when seeking help from immigration consultants
If you hire an immigration consultant rather than an attorney, you should know what they can and cannot do for you:
Immigration Consultants Can
Immigration Consultants Cannot
Attorneys or accredited representatives must be registered with the Executive Office of Immigration Review before appearing in Immigration Court.
Immigration lawyers can practice immigration law in California even if they are licensed in another state. Any complaints about such attorneys will be forwarded to the correct state authorities.
Report notario fraud and other unauthorized practice of law to the State Bar
People should report fraud by notarios and other unauthorized practice of law to the State Bar of California. Online and offline complaint forms are now available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Russian.
You do not have to be a citizen to file a State Bar complaint. The State Bar will not ask you about your immigration status when you file a complaint and will not collect or report any such information to anyone.
The State Bar, which regulates the practice of law in California, cannot represent clients or refer them to a particular attorney. People needing a lawyer can contact the State Bar of California to connect with a certified lawyer referral service at 415-538-2250 or email LRS@calbar.ca.gov