Thursday, August 4, 2011

Online Legal Forms – Unauthorized Practice of Law?

The Wall Street Journal Law Blog  reports that a class action suit has been filed in Missouri.  The suit claims that, by selling do-it-yourself wills, leases and other legal documents, is committing unauthorized practice of law.  The full post is here.

“If the plaintiffs are successful, we believe it is going to become a lot more expensive for small businesses and individuals to obtain basic legal forms,” Chas Rampenthal, Legal Zoom’s General counsel, said in the statement. “Missouri would become the only state in the nation to take away a consumer’s right to access online legal document software.”

The case is set for trial in September.  Stay tuned.

Hat tip TJSL Law Library (@TJSL_Library)


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