Can one start a business as a non lawyer and help people with there divorce .

Asked about 1 year ago - Tampa, FL

Can one print out approved court documents and help people fill out there documents for a divorce with out a lawyer if a disclosure from non lawyer is signed. Please help.

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  1. Tami Lane Augen

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    Answered . There is a prohibition against the Unlicensed Practice of Law. You can refer to the Rules Regulating the Florida Bar for additional information.

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  2. Dean George Tsourakis

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    Answered . People have tried to sdo it but they always end up running afoul of the unauthorized practice of law. Be very careful.

  3. Brent Allan Rose

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    Answered . Many states, including Florida, choose not to prohibit independent paralegals (paralegals who don't work for lawyers) or "non-lawyers." My mother did it for 20 years in the area you posted from (Tampa), and she made quite a career out of it. The other lawyers are right to caution you, though. There are strict laws in Florida and elsewhere against giving legal advice without a having a law license, and I'm not sure the laws are always clear. Various courts (like the nation's bankruptcy courts) also have rules regarding what non-lawyers can do, and they are quick to drag non-lawyers into court for violating the rules (their rule is "typing and copying only").

    Non-lawyers are common in south Florida, but not so much in Tampa Bay, though they were once numerous here. I wish you luck should you choose this career.

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  4. Ophelia Genarina Bernal-Mora

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    Answered . I would not recommend it.

    You should consult an attorney for advice regarding your individual situation since every case is different and... more
  5. John Arthur Smitten

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    Answered . Cannot practice law without a license. Advising people as to forms is practicing law.

  6. Pamela Koslyn

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    Answered . My colleagues are right, lawyers are understandably protective of our territory, and legislatures are often lawyers, so every state that I know of bars the unlicensed practice of law. Even the big sites like LegalZoom are fighting court battles against the bar associations, so smaller companies don't stand much of a chance.

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  7. Edward Brandon Beckham

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    Answered . Consult with your state bar regarding the relevant rules.

    This is not legal advice. This response is provided for general information only, as a public service. It is not... more

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