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Re: Commercial Development


On Tue, 19 Feb 2002, Per Bothner wrote:

> Daniel Berlin wrote:
> > Thus, since we have complete coverage, it's illegal, in the US, for 
> > non-lawyers to give legal advice.
> 
> Those laws are probably unconsitutional - but since it is lawyers
> that interpret the constitution, it is hard to say.  I think the
> laws can validly prohibit someone from saying or implying they have
> legal expertese they do not have, and that is the claimed intent.
> What is the difference between illegal "practice of law" and
> constitutionally protected speech giving someone legal advice?
> A very gray and nebulous area, I'm sure.
> 
> Nolo Press had some problems with claims their books were illegal
> practice of law - I'd be curious to know what the resolution was.

A law was passed specifically exempting their type of products, as long as 
they state it's not a substitute for an attorney.
Thus, the UPL dropped the case.
So, never was it decided that it's unconstitutional.

--Dan


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