Low Cost Paralegal Services Are Not a Hit in Rhode Island

Sometimes I like to boil a rather dry news story about a court ruling down to a more simple (and enjoyable) recitation of the facts that Enquiring Minds Want to Know, or even just a list of probing questions that keep me company when I have insomnia.

For example:

Is Low Cost Paralegal Services really a good name for your own business?

Sure, it’s easy to remember, and those are pretty search-engine friendly terms, but are you sacrificing an inference of quality here? Never mind, I did a quick Google search, and not surprisingly, there is more than one business with this name.

If you’re a non-lawyer living in Texas, should you be offering low-cost legal services in Rhode Island? 


The Rhode Island Supreme Court says HELLS NO.

Is the best email address for a non-lawyer offering $400 flat fee divorces really attorney2be2012

This is strictly a rhetorical question.

Will the Court believe you if you promise not to practice law in Rhode Island from Texas again? 

Nuh-uh, and not only is the order finding that you engaged in the unauthorized practice of law – and also aren’t credible – going to be published on the Rhode Island Judiciary website, but it is going to be mailed to every Texas and/or federal agency that governs Internet-based fraud and the practice of law.

Whoa, doggies.

You can read the actual order at http://www.courts.ri.gov/supreme/pdf-files/11-56order.pdf

And I’d definitely stay away from copying that catchy Low Cost Paralegal Services name for your future paralegal business, because now its top search-engine results yield a whole bunch of stories linking it to the unauthorized practice of law.

Source: Providence Journal

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