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Settlement prohibits two Lakewood men from offering legal advice to immigrants

Post by Stacia Glenn / The News Tribune on Aug. 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm with 2 Comments »
August 30, 2011 5:08 pm

Two Lakewood men are now restricted from providing legal advice to immigrants under a settlement with the state attorney general’s office.

The settlement, which was announced today, does not require Edwin Cruz and Maurice Terry to admit wrongdoing. It only places limitations on their business practices.

Cruz and Terry are accused of misleading advertising and illegally entering into 480 agreements with clients to offer legal advice and prepare documents for immigration benefits.

The men were registered as “immigration assistants” with the state, which allows them to translate and transcribe documents. Officials said Cruz and Terry went so far as to offer legal advice, which is prohibited.

The men agreed to pay $2,000 in civil penalties and reimburse the state $6,000 in attorney’s fees and legal costs, according to the settlement.

Another $35,000 in civil penalties is waived if they comply with the settlement terms, according to the AG’s office.

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  1. birdbraino1 says:

    Mr. Cruz, and Terry were probably providing their “clients” with more legal expertise than they would have otherwise obtained. As long as their “clients” were not being charged a fee, or in the alternative these honorable citizens were having them donate to a non-profit, no laws were being violated, for services rendered. Most citizens in this Country are unable to afford legal counsel, and it is probably, precisely why messrs. Cruz and Terry sought to fill the lack of legal assistance breach. A las, the legal industrial complex is not sacrosant. For instance, non – attorneys should be appointed/elected to judical positions of the several courts. Most attorneys specialize, and very few know anything about immigration law, unless it is their specialty. In this day and time, when legal tender is scarce, why impose such a selfish determination on to individuals out to truly help others. Legalese is not a profession one should have to atttend law school and pass a law bar examination to know and/or practice. Many attorneys are in good standing with their profession, and still do not know the law.

  2. whatthehell says:

    Many years ago I met a Korean history teacher who taught at Stadium. He said he showed illegal Koreans how to chain migrate until their entire famliy tree was here, and how to play the system for free housing, food stamps, education – the key was always getting the free, no questions asked Washington State driver’s licence.

    He was very successful apparently as since then, most of businesses on STWay have signs with strange hieroglyphics, and the clerks suddenly don’t understand english if you’re not Korean.

    They are keenly racists also – I was taking a shortcut across a Korean apt parking lot, and a Korean woman, who was out drying something on a blanket in the sun said “You go…! no apartment for you..!”

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