80) In order to avoid crossing these boundaries, MLPs seeking to change the responsibilities of lawyers and clinicians should ensure that all parties know the difference between assistance with a potential legal issue and unauthorized practice of law
In the next section, we will look at one of the main issues implicated by these disruptive innovations: whether they cross the line into the unauthorized practice of law
For example, the State Bar of Texas' Unauthorized Practice of Law
Committee prosecuted a company that was publishing kits to help self-represented parties (and was ultimately blocked from doing so by the state legislature).
The prohibition against the unauthorized practice of law
provides a clear benefit to the legal system.
LegalZoom from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law
Unauthorized Practice of Law
& Multijurisdictional Practice
13) Yet, as court opinions decide whether or not LegalZoom engages in the unauthorized practice of law
, questions arise regarding LegalZoom's ability to maintain its business model and goals to adequately serve small businesses and consumers.
The Unauthorized Practice of Law
Committee has sought to end or limit this practice based on concerns that a staff attorney, whose actions can be strictly controlled by his employer, will have an irreconcilable conflict of interest and be unable to give full allegiance to the insured.
Although not an unauthorized practice of law
Even the most conservative authorities (1) generally agree that the following would not be considered the unauthorized practice of law
in the field of employee benefit and retirement planning:
Ramon Zanoletti was convicted of 19 counts of insurance fraud and the unauthorized practice of law
Leading legal support services providers work closely with in-house legal departments and law firms to ensure that their services do not run afoul of strictures against the unauthorized practice of law
Worse, such a CPA may have undertaken the unauthorized practice of law
The Supreme Court of Ohio is also stepping up enforcement, and has issued a substantial number of new opinions imposing sanctions for the unauthorized practice of law
So, the non-attorney who drafts a will or a trust for a client is patently guilty of the unauthorized practice of law