Serving Legal Consumers Nationwide
Legal document preparers must be ever vigilant to avoid even the appearance of engaging in the unauthorized practice of law. Sometimes the definitions are so unclear that it is all too easy to accidentally step over the line. Some states have clear and straightforward guidelines, other states are in the murky gray netherworld of maybe, maybe not, and it depends.
We believe that consumers' right to legal access is all important. And any laws, rules, or systems, that make life more difficult for consumers merit scrutiny.
The American Bar Association surveyed the state bar associations about their UPL laws and enforcement practices. It's fascinating reading. Published in May of 2012, it is titled, "ABA Standing Committee on Client Protection". You also might be interested in - the definitions of law throughout the country, organized state by state in alphabetical order - read it here.
If you are a document preparer in any state, these papers are "must reads" for you. The information includes case law and explanation regarding the unauthorized practice of law in each state. Consumers - learn about your rights. Are restrictive UPL policies preventing you from exercising your legal rights?
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We are the Nationwide Alliance of Legal Document Preparers - dedicated to assisting pro se litigants in accessing the legal system.
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