Deregulation of the Legal Profession is Coming

There are de-regulatory actions and movements in some states to enable innovative legal service models that are designed to  close the Justice Gap. It is estimated that nearly 80% of low to middle incomes individuals and families cannot afford the high cost of legal fees.A Utah Task Force has called for 'Profoundly Reimagining the Way Legal Services are Regulated' as an approach to closing the Justice Gap. This Supreme Court appointed Task Force has proposed a new structure for the regulation of legal services. This structure would enable broad-based investment and participation in business entities that provide legal services, including non-lawyer…
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Self-Help Videos from LegalYou

A Florida based law firm, IceLegal, has created a series of how to do it videos for its self-help law web site at http://www.legalyou.com  These videos were designed for Florida residents who represent themselves in court, but they are useful for any jurisdiction. Here are some of the most useful videos for self-represented litigants: What to Expect When Going to Court Mediation and Arbitration: What You Need to Know What to Wear to Court For "unbundled" and "limited" legal services from a Florida law firm for a fixed fee - check out: LegalYou. LegalYou has an innovative approach to the delivery of legal services- lawyers helping consumers gain access to the legal…
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How To Evaluate a Legal Information Website

How To Evaluate a Legal Information Website

There are now thousands of legal web sites on the Internet that range from non-lawyer websites that offer legal information and legal forms to law firm websites. To help users evaluate the quality of the legal information offered by these web sites, the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association approved in 2003, best practice guidelines for legal information web site providers. These guidelines apply to both law firms and non-lawyer websites, from statewide legal information we sites operated by public agencies, to court web sites, to legal sites run by profit-making companies. Many legal information information providers embrace…
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Tennessee Plans to Regulate Online Legal Software Publishers

Tennessee Plans to Regulate Online Legal Software Publishers

Tennessee Seeks to Regulate Online Legal Software Publishers How is it that a publisher that sells or distributes online legal software for consumers is now considered the "practice of law" in the State of Tennessee?  Under a new regulatory scheme to be adopted by the Tennessee legislature,  the publisher of a website that offers interactive legal forms to consumers will be considered the practice of law, unless the publisher complies with  the requirements of the proposed statute.Non-compliance means the publisher is "subject to penalties for the unauthorized practice of law." These penalties include a $10,000 civil fine and a violation could…
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