Tennessee Plans to Regulate Online Legal Software Publishers

Tennessee Plans to Regulate Online Legal Software Publishers

Legal Profession Regulation
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 be a Class A misdemeanor.This legislation will have a chilling effect on innovative efforts in Tennessee…
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