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  • October 24, 2012

    Martha Salazar, who was doing business as Comunidad Hispana in South Nashville, is permanently enjoined from practicing law without a license and must refund consumers for services that she has performed, a Circuit Court has ordered.

    Davidson County Judge Amanda McClendon has entered the Agreed Final Judgment that will permanently stop Salazar from violating unauthorized practice of law statutes and consumer protection laws at the request of Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper's Office. The action, filed on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs, prohibits Salazar from advertising or providing legal services, in addition to providing restitution to those who used her services and timely file a complaint by the deadline of April 15, 2013...read the Salazar release or the Salazar release in Spanish.


  • January 18, 2012

    Consumers who have filed complaints against a Nashville man, suspended for practicing law without a license, may be eligible for restitution, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Gary Cordell, director of the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today.

    Michael H. Sneed of Nashville, who has been found liable for the unauthorized practice of law and violations of the Tennessee Consumer Protection Act, has been ordered by the Davidson County Circuit Court to pay $18,372 to eligible consumers who used his services. The Tennessee Supreme Court ordered Sneed suspended from the practice of law on Feb. 24, 2009 for 18 months. He was later found to have continued representing multiple consumers acting as an attorney during his suspension...read the Michael Sneed release or the Sneed release in Spanish.


  • June 9, 2011

    The State has filed suit against a woman alleged to be engaging in legal services without a license, Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and Commerce and Insurance (TDCI) Division of Consumer Affairs Director Gary Cordell announced today. Today’s announcement is part of a national immigration services initiative by state Attorneys General and the Federal Trade Commission.

    Martha Salazar, doing business as Comunidad Hispana on Nolensville Road, is named in the lawsuit, alleging she is providing legal services without being licensed as an attorney. The State alleges that she has prepared immigration petitions, custody agreements and contracts and provided other legal services for primarily Spanish-speaking consumers. Salazar is not licensed as an attorney, nor has she worked under the supervision of an attorney, and therefore she is not authorized to engage in the practice of law, the lawsuit contends...read the Salazar press release or the Salazar press release in Spanish.


  • January 19, 2011

    Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper and the Division of Consumer Affairs announced today it has reached an agreement with a woman alleged to have provided legal services without a license.

    Charlene Carter doing business as Carter’s Paralegal Service located in Gallatin is alleged to have advertised her legal services on craigslist and through business cards. Carter has agreed to pay restitution to consumers who paid for legal services because she is not a licensed attorney in addition to stopping the alleged illegal activity...read the Charlene Carter press release.