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Unauthorized Practice of Law Resource Page


Opinions, Complaints, Reports and Articles:

  American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Client Protection, 2012 Survey of Unlicensed Practice of Law Committees DirectLaw Brochure - Creating Your Online Brand


Rozman Legal Group, P.C. v. LegalZoom, Inc. Download Complaint.

TODD JANSON VS. LEGALZOOM- Complaint filed in Missouri Against LegalZoom for Unauthorized Practice of Law and to Certify Class Action.

Jacoby & Meyers Law Offices, Plaintiffs vs. The Presiding Justices of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth Departments Appellate Division of the Supreme Court of New York, Defendants.DirectLaw Brochure - Creating Your Online Brand

  Request by LegalZoom to Remove Case to Federal Court. 
Court Order in TODD JANSON VS. LEGALZOOM - Holding the Document Preparation Service is conduct and not speech, protected by the First Amendment.
  Letter from North Carolina Bar to Legal Zoom Alleging Unauthorized Practice of Law - (Cease and Desist)
  Article by Professor Catherine J.Lanctot: Does LegalZoom Have First Amendment Rights: Some Thoughts About Freedom of Speech and the Unauthorized Practice of Law
  Efforts to Define the Practice of Law by the Organized Bar

In  2001, the American Bar Association created a Task Force on a Model Definition of the Practice of Law. However, rather than promulgate a uniform definition, the Commission decided to advise that each state should develop its own definition. This resulted in a response from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice which warning letters to several state bar association because there definitions of the practice of law are so broad that the definition violates the Sherman Anti-trust and most likely the Ist Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Several state courts have also ruled that the provision of legal information and typing services does not constitute the unauthorized practice of law. click here.
  ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission
  PowerPoint Presentation by Richard Granat to the ABA Ethics 20/20 Commission, February 5, 2010. (click to Open)
  Written Statement Submitted to the Ethics 20/20 Commission, February 5, 2010, by Richard S. Granat

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