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A Barrie tenant alleged that Diane Smith had harassed him by sending a letter representing herself as a legal “lawyer” and representative for Nancy Groves, when she was not legal to do so.
In the complaint to the Upper Law Society of Canada (ULSC) it had come to light that Diane Smith had been practicing law, but her Paralegal license was not in good standing with the ULSC for her to do so.
It was also determined that Smith Paralegal Services was engaging in professional misconduct when she harassed a tenant who was involved in several pending court cases with his landlords and had sent the letter that made references to her fees as “Attorney fees”.
Upon filing a civil claim in Barrie against Smith paralegal Services, an investigation has revealed that Diane Smith had been advertising and practicing law in Ontario under the name Diane Merry Paralegal Services, with the same address and cell number that had used in her other law practice.
There are no records for Diane Merry of Merry Paralegal Services, 58 Masters Drive, Barrie listed in the Upper Law Society of Canada “Lawyer and Paralegal Directory“.
ALWAYS CHECK THE LEGAL STATUS AND COMPLAINTS FOR ANY LAWYER OR PARALEGAL YOU HIRE, OR HAS CONTACTED YOU FOR ANY MATTER !
Further investigation has revealed that Diane Smith had sold or transferred her home at 58 Masters Drive, Barrie, Ontario, to M Phillips, on November 1 st, 2013, a couple of weeks before Diane Smith was scheduled to appear in front of the Upper Law Society Hearing Panel December 13th, 2013.
Diane Smith DID NOT APPEAR before the ULSC panel to answer for the allegations against her and now appears to be hiding her assets, knowing the outcome of the ULSC allegations and pending lawsuits filed against her.
Other addresses or associated businesses that Smith Paralegal Services has been connected with;
125 Anne Street South
Smith Paralegal Services
58 Masters Drive
L4M 6 W9
D Merry Paralegal Services
58 Masters Drive
This is a follow up post concerning the complaints that were filed with the Upper Law Society of Canada, against Diane Lynn Smith, of Smith Paralegal Services,Barrie, Ontario.
The complaints were filed on June 8th 2013, from a Barrie tenant alleging Diane Smith had harassed him by sending a letter representing herself as a legal “lawyer” and representative for Nancy Groves,when she was not legal to do so.
Diane Smith did not respond to any correspondence from the Upper Law Society of Canada nor did she appear at the administrative hearing set for her December 13th, 2013.
You can read the previous post and complaints filed along with the original letter sent from Smith Paralegal Service : HERE
The Upper Law Society: Diane Lynn Smith Decision and Order – heard by Hon. John D Ground,QC (chair) on December 13th,2013 in Toronto,Ontario is shown below.
Diane Lynn Smith is also being further investigated by the ULSC, as she was also hired by another paralegal, April Catherine Stewart of Landlord Legal Services,Meaford,Ontario to represent Nancy Groves (involved tenant) on behalf of Dykstra Bros Electric. A civil case is currently being considered against Smith and will be filed soon and all pending court cases against Diane Smith will be posted here with the follow up posts.
A court date has yet to be set for the Ontario Human Rights case filed against Ralph Dykstra, Bill Dykstra and Don Dykstra of Dykstra Bros Electric, Barrie,Ontario.
We will continue to follow all the court cases involved with Dykstra/Groves/Paul Smith/Catherine April Stewart that started as guilty of PRIVACY VIOLATIONS in Landlord and Tenant Board tribunal court, May 7th 2013 in Barrie, Ontario.
These privacy violations and actions from the Dykstras, March 26th 2013 along with the LTB court verdict from May 7th 2013, escalated into further alleged complaints concerning an illegal lock change at 40 Ellen Street, Barrie,Ontario, orchestrated by April Catherine Stewart of Landlord Legal,Ralph Dykstra,Bill Dykstra and Don Dykstra of Dykstra Bros Electric to a purposely BAD MEDIATED LTB AGREEMENT to get the tenant out, an Ontario Human Rights pending court case and three (3) civil cases pending that will all be followed and presented here on the Privacy Violators.com website.
You can read further details of the Civil cases that have been filed in our next post. Photos and documents to be uploaded soon for you to review.
One thing is for sure !!
We have learned from past experiences, that certain paralegals do deal in BAD FAITH DEALS purposely, just to get tenants out, to please their client, the landlord.. that is the private paralegals objective… anyway at all – legally or illegally.. they feel they are protected because they are paralegals.
Miss Groves,an involved tenant, was also represented by the same Meaford paralegal, April Catherine Stewart of Landlord Legal, in the court ordered appearance for Miss Groves to produce documents to the court to prove her rent was paid directly to the landlords from other sources.Dykstra Bros Electric received Nancy Groves rent payments,in part, from the Mental Health Association and also in part from Ontario Disability and paid directly to the Barrie landlords.
April Catherine Stewart did not have the documents that were requested of Nancy Groves by the courts on the ordered date to appear, though sufficient time was given, Landlord Legal instead decided to waste the time of the Barrie courts, Simcoe Legal Services and the Barrie tenant filing the case against Dykstra Bros for the FALSELY MEDIATED agreement and the money they owe.
April Stewart had also wasted the Barrie Landlord & Tenant tribunal courts time as well as the time of 3 witnesses that were summoned against her clients the Dykstras for the alleged illegal lock change at 40 Ellen Street. April Stewart is currently being investigated by the Upper Law Society of Canada for her participation in this alleged matter.
Stewart had also neglected to properly inform the involved Barrie tenant, although she had phone number, email address and Simcoe Legal Service contacts to contact easily, or the LTB courts that she was allegedly out of the country and was unable to attend. The tenant withdrew the matter to deal with it in the Ontario Human Rights court in Toronto.
** The papers supporting Groves claim were finally mailed to the Simcoe Legal Services paralegal helping with the civil case against the Dykstras and forwarded the appropriate documents to the tenant.
One of the Dykstra brothers, Bill Dykstra will be summoned to Superior Court to answer for their financial status and the reasons the LTB order and Civil court orders were not followed.
Please contact the Upper Law Society of Canada, if you have had dealings with Diane Smith this year or have had bad experience with Landlord Legal to report.
We will continue to update the past posts, photos and documents that have been slightly delayed because of minor pending matters very shortly.
This is a follow up post to the Upper law Society of Canada complaint that was filed earlier this year against Smith Paralegal Services of Barrie, Ontario.
Diane Lynn Smith is a paralegal from Barrie Ontario who is now being investigated by the Upper Law Society of Canada concerning complaints and allegations brought forward from a Barrie tenant.
It is alleged that Diane Smith had practiced law and represented, defended numerous clients this year but was under a suspension from the Upper Law Society of Canada at the time. If you had hired Smith Paralegal Services to represent you for any reason this year, the Upper Law Society would like to hear from you on all the matters Smith Paralegal Services had dealt with for you.
It is further alleged that Diane Smith harassed a tenant that was involved with an ongoing Landlord & Tenant Tribunal matter as well as pending Ontario Human Rights complaints & allegations involving Ralph Dykstra, Bill Dykstra, Don Dykstra, owners of Dykstra Bros Electric of Barrie, Ontario.
Smith has ignored information requests and has yet to contact the Upper law Society regarding the ULSC investigation against her. The matter is set to go to before an administrative hearing on Friday, December 13th, 2013. When the administration hearing rules on the matter on Friday, we will post the results here on Privacy Violators website and also will be published on the Upper Law Society website for the public to review the determination of the hearing. We will of course do a follow up to the findings and provide you with the link to review the results.
Further complaints and allegations stemming from an illegal lock change, harassment and PIPEDA violations were filed with the Upper Law Society of Upper Canada for investigation regarding another paralegal, April Catherine Stewart of Landlord Legal from Meaford,Ontario who was at the time representing Dykstra Bros Electric.
Catherine Stewart is also being followed in our Court Cases in the News category concerning the Civil court complaint she has filed against Privacy Violators and the tenant she was harassing to get an eviction from the 40 Ellen Street property owned by Ralph Dyksta, Bill Dykstra and Don Dykstra of Dykstra Bros Electric of Barrie. Other articles you might be interested in reading up concerning these complaints is the Landlord Legal/Dykstra Bros Electric Mediate in Bad Faith post.
We will continue to post the rulings and determinations of all the allegations and complaints involved with these two paralegals and continue to follow the Dykstra Bros Electric cases as they go into to Civil matters and Ontario Human Rights Tribunal court.
A complaint to the Upper Law Society of Canada regarding a Barrie paralegal Diane Lynn Smith (link to the ULSC website – go to directory) to be investigated for allegedly sending a letter to a tenant while she was under suspension and other allegations. The Upper Law Society has not sent any further information as to its point in the investigation or its rulings. Can you see after reading the letter she sent to the Tenant, what the other complaint the Tenant filed against her ?
The Smith Paralegal Facebook page shows her having an office on Anne Street last year, and another address for the Bayfield Mall to the Masters Drive address on her letterhead in June of this year. This was voted to be added to our Paralegals Gone Wild Section.
Read the letter that was sent to the tenant and see if you can pick out the reason why the Tenant initially filed the complaints against Smith Paralegal Services of Barrie. Diane Smith is Suspended Administratively.
Suspended Administratively means : “A paralegal who has been suspended for administrative reasons, such as failing to pay fees or file forms on time. A suspended paralegal is not permitted by the Law Society to provide legal services.”
There will be further postings to update the status of the complaints that were filed in June 2013 with the Upper Law Society and any additional legal action taken.
It is always a good practice to check the Upper Law Society website for the status of any Lawyer or paralegal to see if any prior complaints have been filed, their license type and their status with the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia defines Landlord Harassment as :
“Landlord harassment is the willing creation, by a landlord or his agents, of conditions that are uncomfortable for one or more tenants in order to induce willing abandonment of a rental contract. Such a strategy is often sought because it avoids costly legal expenses and potential problems with eviction. This kind of activity is common in regions where rent control laws exist, but which do not allow the direct extension of rent-controlled prices from one tenancy to the subsequent tenancy, thus allowing landlords to set higher prices. Landlord harassment carries specific legal penalties in some jurisdictions, but enforcement can be very difficult or even impossible in many circumstances. However, when a crime is committed in the process and motives similar to those described above are subsequently proven in court, then those motives may be considered an aggravating factor in many jurisdictions, thus subjecting the offender(s) to a stiffer sentence.” ~ Wikipedia
** We will post the actual complaint filed and the results when the Upper Law Society finishes investigating the alleged claims against Smith.
If you need to file a complaint against a Lawyer or a paralegal, visit the website of the Upper Law Society of Canada.