Unauthorized Practice of Law

Missouri law prohibits businesses from engaging in the practice of law without a law license. It is not uncommon for a business, not licensed to practice law, to charge a customer for the preparation of legal documents. In a variety of circumstances, Missouri courts have ruled that this practice is the unauthorized practice of law. If a business is found to be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law, a consumer may be entitled to receive triple the amount of fees charged.

As technology has evolved, so has the context of the unauthorized practice of law. The internet has made it possible for companies to prepare legal documents online. These companies will often charge fees for this service. While the law is still developing in an online context, these companies may be engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

Our firm may be able to assist you if you paid for a legal document prepared by a business not licensed to practice law in Missouri.