The Office of the Attorney General has reached a final judgment in the lawsuit filed against Daniel Ketelsen, the owner of Broomfield based Legal Aid. A Denver District Court judge has ordered Daniel Ketelsen to pay more than $238,000 in restitution and $100,000 in civil penalties.
The Office of the Attorney General filed a lawsuit against Ketelsen and his company in February 2009 on suspicion that Legal Aid U.S. misled consumers to believe it was a local state-subsidized legal aid organization and licensed to provide legal services and advice. The complaint also alleged that the company only employed non-attorneys to draft legal documents for its customers. The company’s “intake specialists” were suspected of giving legal advice to consumers, even though Legal Aid’s employees were not licensed to practice law.
According to the default judgment, Ketelsen failed to appear at a February 2010 trial management conference, failed to comply with discovery rules, and violated a January 2010 court order compelling him to comply with initial disclosures and discovery in the case.
The final judgment and permanent injunction bars Ketelsen — or any of the entities he was doing business as, including Legal Aid, Legal Aid U.S., Legal Aid, LLC, and National Document Preparation Services — from “soliciting, charging for a fee, providing, and aiding in the sale of any legal service,” including document preparation or production