Do you have to have an attorney on a ex parte in a unlawful detianer when its a business thats incorporated

Asked almost 2 years ago - Los Angeles, CA

did ex parte paper work for a cleint going pro per and judge said since the business was a corporation he needed an Attorney to argue the ex parte

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  1. Michael Raymond Daymude

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    Answered . The judge is right. The defendant also needs an attorney to file a response that is not subject to a motion to strike. I hope you will not be charging your client for worthless work.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  2. Michael Charles Doland

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    Answered . Yes, a corporation can only appear in court through an attorney.

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advise" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more
  3. David M Blain

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    Answered . A corporation may only appear in court through a licensed attorney.

    In the eyes of the law a corporation has all the powers of a natural person in the carrying out of its business. This means the corporation may avail itself of the state's laws and may bring a lawsuit. However, under long-settled common law, a corporation cannot represent itself before courts of record without a lawyer, and it cannot represent itself through an officer, director or any other person who is not also a licensed lawyer. See the case of Caressa Camille, Inc. v. Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Bd. (2002) 99 Cal.App.4th 1094, 1101–1103 [121 Cal. Rptr. 2d 758. The same rule applies in Federal Court as well.

    The logic behind this rule is that a corporation is an artificial entity created by law and can only act in its affairs through its natural persons, agents and/or representatives. Obviously, any person who would appear in court to act on behalf of the corporation, if not a licensed attorney, would then be practicing law without a license. See the case of Merco Constr. Engineers, Inc. v. Municipal Court (1978) 21 Cal.3d 724, 730 [147 Cal. Rptr. 631, 581 P.2d 636.

    Practicing law without a license is a big problem, and I am not aware of any exceptions.

    This response does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and I. I am not your lawyer and I am not... more
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