“Reed Hein Is Not a Law Firm.”

Timeshare Exit Team isn’t a law firm, but it regularly engages in the unlawful practice of law.

Brandon Reed and Trevor Hein aren’t lawyers, and Reed Hein is not a law firm. It says so right in the company’s master service agreement: “Reed Hein is not a law firm.”

Brandon Reed wants you to know that “Reed Hein is not a law firm.”

Unlawful Practice of Law

In Washington, it is against the law to engage in the unlawful practice of law. A non-lawyer commits a misdemeanor if he or she claims the right to practice law.

What does it mean to practice law?

The State Supreme Court defines the practice of law to include the following:

  • giving advice or counsel to others as to their legal rights;
  • the selection, drafting or completion of legal documents or agreements; and
  • the negotiation of legal rights or responsibilities on behalf of another person.
Reed Hein is not a law firm. If you thought that people with wigs would be working on your timeshare case, you were wrong. Reed Hein is not a law firm.

Reed Hein & The Practice of Law

We know that “Reed Hein is not a law firm.” It says so in a disclosure contained in the company’s master service agreement. That still leaves the more important question:

Does Reed Hein unlawfully claim the right to practice law?

In a power-of-attorney form that Reed Hein asks customers to sign, the company claims the authority to do all the following:

  • Hire and fire attorneys on the customer’s behalf;
  • Direct all legal steps necessary to obtain a release from the customer’s timeshare obligations;
  • Have full and unfettered access to legal files prepared and maintained on the customer’s behalf;
  • Direct the negotiation of any binding settlement on the customer’s behalf; and
  • Prepare and file the documents necessary to accomplish the customer’s timeshare objective.
If you thought that someone wearing a wig was going to appear at court on your behalf, you were wrong. Reed Hein is not a law firm.

The Verdict

(1) A non-lawyer engages in the unlawful practice of law by claiming the right to “give advice or counsel to others as to their legal rights.”

Reed Hein claims the authority to direct all legal steps necessary to obtain a release from the customer’s timeshare obligations.

Count 1: Guilty.

(2) A non-lawyer engages in the unlawful practice of law by claiming the right to “select, draft or complete legal documents or agreements.”

Reed Hein claims the authority to prepare and file documents related to the customer’s timeshare obligations.

Count 2: Guilty.

(3) A non-lawyer engages in the unlawful practice of law by claiming the right to “negotiate legal rights or responsibilities on behalf of another person.”

Reed Hein claims the authority to direct the negotiation of a binding settlement agreement on the customer’s behalf.

Count 3: Guilty.

The verdict: Guilty on all counts.

The Attorney General

The Attorney General alleges that Reed Hein violates the Consumer Protection Act by “misrepresenting, directly or indirectly, or creating the deceptive net impression” that (1) ” Reed Hein is a law firm and/or Reed Hein performs ‘consumer protection’ services,” and (2) “Reed Hein employs in-house attorneys who perform services to terminate consumers’ obligations with respect to their timeshares.”

Respectfully, we think that the Attorney General can also allege that Reed Hein “misrepresents, directly or indirectly, or creates the deceptive net impression that (3) Reed Hein has the authority to practice law.”

Unfortunately for Reed Hein, the Office of the Washington Attorney General is a law firm, with hundreds of deputy attorneys — all of them authorized to practice law.

Check Back

Keep checking back at this blog to learn more about the Attorney General’s ongoing case against Reed Hein & Associates, d/b/a Timeshare Exit Team.

This blog post isn’t legal advice.
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Author: David Hancock

consumer lawyer

3 thoughts on ““Reed Hein Is Not a Law Firm.””

  1. What can I do since I paid $9000 to exit my timeshare. They (R,H) contracted ardent law to exit my timeshare – in the mean time, diamond resorts just put $27,000 on my taxes for 2018 tax year. I don’t know what I can do!?!

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