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Watertown business fends off state Attorney General in hearing

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CNY/NNY/S. Tier: Watertown business fends off state Attorney General in hearing
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- The owner of a legal document business in Watertown says he fended off New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in a hearing that took place in Albany Wednesday.

Just 10 days after holding its grand opening, "Legal Docs By Me" was sent a cease and desist letter by the AG.

The business, which says it helps people fill out paperwork in uncontested legal matters, was accused of practicing "unauthorized law." The AG also issued a notice of proposed litigation to the company and a subpoena for their business records.

But on Wednesday, an Albany judge ruled in the business' favor.

"Legal Docs By Me" says they won't have to turn over documents until a hearing and merits of the request can be conducted.

"So, we are going to continue the process and provide low cost, accurate form preparation for the working class consumer," said "Legal Docs By Me" owner Derek Distenfield. "It's the consumers that allow us to exist and we'll continue to do so until they tell us otherwise."

"Legals Docs By Me" has a second location in Syracuse. They say they'll continue to stay open throughout the AG's investigation. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP