Wednesday, July 6, 2011

LLC Must Have A Lawyer

The Washington Court of Appeals, Division One, has held as follows:

A limited liability company (LLC) must be represented by a
lawyer in order to litigate.  This is simply an application of the general rule
prohibiting laypersons from representing other persons or entities in court
proceedings. Because a layperson does not have a lawyer's professional skills
or ethical responsibilities, such representation imposes undue burdens on
opposing parties and the courts. These considerations are just as important
when the LLC has only one owner. We affirm an order requiring the appellant
LLC to obtain legal representation in order to pursue its claim of unpaid rent.

(Mike Frisch)

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