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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is a Lawyer?

 

In our blog, we aim to answer questions in a way that's helpful and easy to understand. We've addressed many topics - from the details of real estate contracts to title insurance - but today I'd like to answer a basic question: Who is a lawyer? 

 

I don't mean that in an abstract sense. According to state and federal law, there is a very specific definition associated with practicing law, and it is unlawful for any corporation, association, company or person to perform acts defined as "practicing law" if not a licensed attorney. In addition to being unlawful, people or corporations who are not licensed to practice law put their clients at risk.

 

According to Georgia law, the practice of law includes but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Giving legal advice

  • Preparing legal instruments

  • Rendering opinions on the validity or invalidity of titles to real or personal property .

  • Taking legal action on another person's behalf, including representing litigants in court or preparing pleadings and other papers on the other person's behalf

It's important to note that these laws do not prohibit someone from representing themselves. But when people do need legal assistance, some may be tempted to hire someone who presents him or herself as a legal advisor but is not a licensed attorney in an effort to spend less money.

 

In the long run, this can be a costly mistake. Depending on what they do, not only may it be illegal, but there is no substitute for the experience, knowledge and training of an attorney who is licensed to practice law in your state. Plus, the State Bar of Georgia has strict codes of ethics and discipline that are enforced by the Supreme Court of Georgia through the State Bar's Office of the General Counsel.

 

If you have questions about whether you need a licensed attorney's help with a legal issue or document, email Scott Mayfield at smayfield@smithwelchlaw.com or call him at 770-358-3630. Smith, Welch, Webb and White is recognized as a premier law firm throughout the state of Georgia. We have an uncompromising commitment to serving our clients and our community. Our team of experts routinely handles a wide range of legal matters, and will provide outstanding service for you, your family or your business.

 

 Any representations regarding the law in this Blog is made available for educational purposes only as well as to give you general information and a general understanding of the law, not to provide specific legal advice. By using this blog site you understand that there is no attorney client relationship between you and the Blog publisher. The Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney in your state.



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