WATERTOWN, N.Y. (Legal Newsline) – New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Dec.14 that a consent order and judgment has banned Derek Distenfield and his businesses from conducting legal document preparation business for New York consumers unless certain consumer protection conditions are met.
NextGenJustice (formerly known as Legal Docs By Me), provided legal document
preparation for consumers in Watertown and Syracuse. According to Schneiderman’s
office, Distenfield and his businesses engaged in disingenuous business
practices that included bait-and-switch pricing and preparing complex legal
documents using non-lawyers with no legal training.
"No person or business is above the law," Schneiderman
said. "This settlement sends the message that all businesses must abide by
the laws of New York, the orders of the courts in this state, and that my
office will not stand idly by while hardworking New Yorkers are defrauded."
Supreme Court Justice James P. McClusky signed the consent
order. Assistant Attorney General Alicia M. Lendon and Investigator Chad
Shelmidine handled the case, under the supervision of assistant attorney
general in charge Deanna R. Nelson and Executive Deputy Attorney General for
Regional Offices Martin J. Mack.