We have news of the weird in this episode of Legal Bits, including a new use for unlicensed practice of law charges, an unlicensed lawyer suing his finance company, getting read for filth by Facebook, and stopping a fan party with your copyright.
We at Courtroom5 often get requests for legal advice. And most of the time, we can answer those requests in a way that’s helpful. In the information age, for an infotech company, it’s easy for us to find legal information that’s relevant to a particular question. But legal advice is a different animal, something only lawyers can provide. And unlicensed practice of law statutes are there to make sure of it. Luckily for most pro se litigants, a little knowledge goes a long way. Many of our questions can be resolved with legal information rather than legal advice.
The American Bar Association held its annual meeting in Chicago two weeks ago. They spent some time discussing self represented litigants, of course. As usual when lawyers talk about us, the focus was primarily on ways to handle the problems we create for them and their judicial system. There was a panel on how to rush us through our cases, a panel on technology solutions for us that starve them, and a panel on how to handle the crazies among us. Really. Revamping the system so that regular people can actually practice the law under which we live was apparently off the table. Sigh.