A new North Carolina law that goes into effect on October 1, 2011 provides a private cause of action for victims of the unauthorized practice of law (UPL), providing for damages and attorney fees.  Below is the text of the legislation: § 84-10.1.  Private cause of action for the unauthorized practice of law. If any…

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If you see this sign, you might not be in a lawyer’s office. If you meet your lawyer for the first time at McDonalds and pay a $36 retainer fee to get your kid transferred out of jail to a psychiatric hospital, you’re probably not dealing with a real lawyer. Thankfully, in the case of…

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“He walked around wearing a shirt and tie … and identified himself as a lawyer, I’m sure others may have fallen for his scam,” said Broward Sheriff’s Office Economic Crimes Detective John Calabro. Excerpt from “North Lauderdale man arrested on charge of impersonating lawyer” (Orlando Sentinel) But I think the “sophisticated” touch that “impressed” even…

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You’d think if you were already in jail on two charges of unauthorized practice of law, you’d be extra careful not to go down that particular road again. But the Charleston Post Courier reports that while David Lee Edward Mitchell was a guest of the Charleston County jail, he allegedly decided to offer his self-professed…

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If Carter’s Paralegal Service in Gallatin,Tennessee had helped me get my divorce, and I read in the news that the Tennessee Attorney General and Division of Consumer Affairs had ordered the company to refund my legal fees, I’d be less worried about the money and more worried about my marital status. MSNBC.com reports: The Tennessee…

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