N.Y. Lawyer Can Run Separate Enterprise to Assist Professional Se Litigants

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N.Y. Lawyer Can Run Separate Business to Help Pro Se Litigants

The United States Law Week

By Melissa Heelan Stanzione

July 29, 2020, 3:28 PM

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  • Attorney wants to form company outside legal practice
  • Bar advises on what constitutes unauthorized practice of law

A New York lawyer who wants to form a business separate from his legal practice to help litigants representing themselves with filings can do so under certain conditions, the state bar said.

Lawyers can operate businesses unrelated to practicing law as long as they don’t use them to drum up business for their law firms; recommend them to their clients; or violate any legal or ethics rules, the New York State Bar Association’s ethics committee said in a recent opinion.

The lawyer here wants to “provide affordable and accessible guidance to pro se litigants who otherwise would be left “completely…

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