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Does any one have a good reference to the statute that defines the unlawful practice of law?

Brooklyn, NY |

Is it the unlawful practice of law to write a lease? Negotiate and write a contract? Can anyone point me to the exact definition? Very hard to find online.

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NY Judiciary Law 478

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Nicholas Devyatkin

Nicholas Devyatkin


Thank you! What about receiving compensation for writing of leases? Do you have to have license?

Gary Ralph Ilmanen

Gary Ralph Ilmanen


That sounds like the practice of law to me.


If you go to a law library in a court house you can free access to Westlaw or Lexis and read the case notes interpretting Judiciary Law section 478.

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The statute gives the general definition of law practice. There are a great many reported cases that interpret it. The essence of it is to give legal advice and representation to others.

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