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Real Life “Paralegal” Sherlocke Holmes Ordered to Avoid UPL

Virginia investigator, business consultant, and owner of E! Advantage Marketing Consultants, Sherlocke Evan Francis Holmes, has been ordered by a Virginia Beach Circuit Court judge to refrain from “any unauthorized practice of law”, after being accused of improperly representing himself as a paralegal, writing court pleadings, negotiating an attorney fee for a client, and trying to get an arrest warrant recalled. Paralegal or not, any violation of the order could result in the revocation of his probation for prior criminal convictions, which have resulted in him serving over 20 years in Virginia prisons. Mr. Holmes signed the court order but denies clear violations, while helpfully offering, “I was like straddling the fence and could have fallen either way.”

Moral of this story? Don’t “straddle the fence” in regard to the unauthorized practice of law. In regard to this case of possible paralegal identity, the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes might have observed, “It is, of course, a trifle, but there is nothing so important as trifles.” (The Man with the Twisted Lip). The real Mr. Holmes has gotten the message that the court system does not consider even the slightest appearance of the unauthorized practice of law a “trifle”.


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Lynne J. DeVenny, N.C. State Bar Certified Paralegal

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