Published: Jun 21, 2020

Updated: Dec 8, 2023

Avoiding the Unauthorized Practice of Law in Florida: The Basics

[1] Fla. Stat. § 454.23 (2012); [2] Unauthorized Practice of Law, The Wolters Kluwer Bouvier Law Dictionary (2012). [3] Id. [4] See, e.g.Unauthorized Practice of Law, The State Bar of Cal., https://www.calbar.ca.gov/Public/Free-Legal-Information/Unauthorized-Practice-of-Law (last visited June 3, 2020). [5] Fla. Stat. § 454.23 (2012). [6] Unlicensed Practiced of Law, Fla. Dep’t of State: Div. of Library & Info. Services, https://dos.myflorida.com/library-archives/services-for-libraries/community/legal-risks-for-libraries/unlicensed-practice-of-law/ (last visited June 3, 2020). [7] Id. [8] The Florida Bar v. Brumbaugh, 355 So. 2d 1186, 1191 (Fla. 1978). [9] State ex rel. Florida Bar v. Sperry, 140 So. 2d 587, 591 (Fla. 1962). [10] Id. [11] Id. [12] See Fla. Bar Re Advisory Op.-Nonlawyer Preparation of Living Trs., 613 So. 2d 426 (Fla. 1992). [13] Id. at 428. [14] Id. at 427-28. [15] Id. at 428. [16] Id. [17] See Fla. Bar re Advisory Opinion-Nonlawyer Preparation etc., 544 So. 2d 1013, 1016 (Fla. 1989); Fla. Stat. § 713.06(1) (2020) (A “Notice to Owner” is a written notice from a laborer (who is not dealing with the owner directly) that advises the owner of improved real property that the laborer has a right to place a lien on the property for any money that is owed to him (the laborer) for labor, services or materials furnished and that remains unpaid). [18] Fla. Bar re Advisory Opinion-Nonlawyer Preparation etc., 544 So. 2d 1013, 1016 (Fla. 1989). [19] Id. [20] Id. at 1016-17. [21] Unlicensed Practice of Law, The Fla. Bar, https://www.floridabar.org/public/upl/ (last visited June 3, 2020). [22] Id. [23] Id.


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