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David Hodson on International Family Law: Scam emails

Date:9 NOV 2010

David HodsonA warning that the scam emails in the context of collaborative law are doing the rounds again. All international family lawyers should beware when they are contacted to enforce a foreign often American collaborative law agreement. These schemes were discovered in the UK Australia Canada and the US in 2009 re-occurring this past spring. They have just arrived again to me and my colleagues at The International Family Law Group so I felt it was timely to send out another warning.

The initial email is an enquiry from a prospective client seeking to pursue a substantial sum owing under a collaborative law agreement. The sum is invariably expressed in dollars and often approximately $750 000 to tempt a response. It says that there has already been a divorce and an ancillary out-of-court collaborative law settlement of which some small part has been paid. The person making the enquiry seeks assistance to collect the balance. The...

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