The Lisbon Regional Council (CLR) of the Portuguese Bar Association (OA) announced this Wednesday that it requested in court the closure of the office of Intercobranças - Management and Recovery of Values and Assets, in Lisbon, because this commercial company performs acts specific to lawyers.
Among the activities developed is, according to this Order's council, “the negotiation with a view to collecting credits, including such activity, in the image of other similar situations, of the object of the aforementioned private entity” - that is, the competence of the jurists.
Earlier this month, OA's CRL said it had more than 250 lawsuits filed for alleged illicit attorneys, including 32 preliminary investigations, which target both funeral and real estate agencies, as well as municipalities, accounting firms or insurance companies. Later, last week, he resolved, in a plenary session, the decision to close the Intercobranças office and, now, after the appeal deadlines - either to the Superior Council of OA and or to the Lisbon Administrative Court - have run out. , proceeds with the procedures.
The council chaired by João Massano also denounces that the illicit attorney's office has been “encouraged” in Portugal by banks, which “enter into credit collection agreements with commercial companies that are not able to perform the acts provided for by law, and that in most cases, with their aggressive and persecutory attitude, violate the rights of citizens ”.