Legal Ethics

Paralegal Says Others Scribed 'Attorney' Signatures on 1,000 Deeds in Foreclosure Cases


A paralegal who formerly worked at the Maryland offices of Shapiro & Burson has alleged that more than 1,000 “attorney” signatures on deeds in foreclosure cases were actually scribed by non-attorneys, sparking an investigation.

Meanwhile, four former notaries at Baltimore-based Friedman & MacFadyen resigned their commissions earlier this year amidst an attorney general investigation of claimed irregularities at multiple law firms involving false attestations that attorneys had signed foreclosure documents, the Baltimore Sun reports.

Another 12 notaries at various law firms have resigned their commissions, let them lapse or had them stripped since last summer, the article says.

Shapiro & Burson’s managing partner declined to comment when contacted by the newspaper and Friedman & MacFadyen did not respond to requests for comment.

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