Thursday, May 29, 2014
As I have previously discussed, LegalZoom recently experienced a legal win in South Carolina when the state’s supreme court found that the company was not engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. However, North Carolina may not see it that way.
In LegalZoom v. North Carolina State Bar, Judge James L. Gale denied LegalZoom’s Motion for Partial Judgment on the Pleadings and dismissed the company's claims against The North Carolina State Bar, including equal protection and commercial disparagement claims. The case will go forward and the judge expressed that he had multiple questions to be answered before the case is decided on the merits.
See Associate Editor, North Carolina Questions Ethics of LegalZoom, Wealth Strategies Journal, May 28, 2014.
Special thanks to Jim Hillhouse (Professional Legal Marketing (PLM, Inc.)) for bringing this article to my attention.