Is it legal to fill/file immigration and bankruptcy petitions on the behalf of others, for money? With no experience in law.
Yes, it is legal to charge a fee to help others to fill in paperwork based on information they provide in response to the prompts on the form, as long as you provide no advice or opinion on what benefits or consequences there might be of certain types of responses. I suspect that nearly every practitioner of form-filling services, breaks this limitation and breaks the law. This can have adverse consequences to the client, especially if they have requested relief from the filing fees even though they had money to pay someone to help fill in the forms. I know that there are many “notary publics” who engage in this, and are defrauding immigrants who don’t understand that a notary in the U.S. is nothing compared to a Notary in Mexico, where it is a highly respected appointment even more prestigious than a being a judge.