UPL Resolves Long-Standing Dispute with ServiceLink LLC
The Standing Committee on the Unlicensed Practice of Law for the State Bar of Georgia recently resolved claims against ServiceLink LLC which included allegations regarding the unlicensed practice of law in connection with certain real estate transactions. The terms of the agreement are memorialized in a compliance agreement which encompasses all real estate transactions involving real property located in Georgia, including real property purchases and refinances, together with all related closing functions. The agreement concludes years of investigation and extensive discovery. As a part of the agreement, ServiceLink LLC has agreed:
Prepare or facilitate the preparation or execution of a deed of conveyance, including warranty deeds, quitclaim deeds, deeds to secure debt, and mortgage deeds;
Prepare legal instruments of any kind whereby a legal right is secured;
Give any legal advice;
Render an opinion as to title and/or the resolution of any defects in marketable title;
To amend its internal operating policies, procedures, etc., to the extent necessary to ensure and require that all Georgia real estate transactions facilitated by ServiceLink are conducted in accordance with the agreement.
The agreement also provides for ongoing oversight by requiring the chief regulatory and compliance counsel for ServiceLink LLC to provide the UPL Standing Committee with compliance affidavits at stated intervals which confirm ServiceLink's continued compliance with the terms of the agreement.
As part of the agreement, ServiceLink LLC has also agreed to make the following payments:
In light of the agreement, the UPL Standing Committee has converted the case against ServiceLink LLC from open to inactive. Once the terms of the agreement are satisfied and the second annual compliance affidavit is received and reviewed, the case will be closed.
The compliance agreement may be viewed
HERE or on the UPL Program page of the State Bar of Georgia website