Is it illegal to offer legal advice and draw up contracts if you are not licensed?

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Is it illegal to offer legal advice and draw up contracts if you are not licensed?

Asked on March 12, 2012 under Business Law, Florida

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

1) Can you offer legal advice to any other person if you are not an attorney admitted to the bar of that state--no. Doing so would be the unauthorized practice of law, and you could face significant liability.

2) Can you draw up a contract if you are not a lawyer--only for yourself or your own business (i.e. if you're doing work for someone else, hiring someone, buying/selling something, etc., you could draw up the agreement for that). Drawing up a contract for anyone else would again be the unauthorized practice of law.


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