May 25, 2011
Online Advice Leads To Disciplinary Charges
A North Carolina attorney admitted in 1993 has been charged with ethical violations as a result of his relationship with JustAnswer, an online service that provides expert answers on a variety of topics.
The state bar alleges that, from March 2008 to February 2009, the attorney provided answers to questions of law to users of a service provided by JustAnswer Corporation, a Delaware entity that runs a website named JustAnswer. The website had "experts" in various fields (including law) who gave online advice for fees that ranged from $10-15 per answer. The attorney was registered as an expert in law under two screen names.
The attorney allegedly provided advice to third party users outside of North Carolina and is charged with unauthorized practice of law, aiding unauthorized practice by JustAnswer, sharing fees with a non-lawyer and conduct involving dishonesty. (Mike Frisch)
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