Laws against "unauthorized practice of law" are highly problematic, and usually designed more to artificially inflate what lawyers can charge, rather than to actually protect the public. Too often, perfectly innocent suggestions are later construed as "unauthorized practice of law," such as by paralegals who used to do exactly the same thing working for lawyers or by an accountant helping to fill out incorporation forms. A new case concerning such laws apparently found that an insurance agent who helped a client make her will using either Quicken WillMaker or Quicken Family Lawyer was found to be guilty of unauthorized practice of law for helping her draw up a will by filling in the blanks in the software based on what the woman told him. That certainly raises questions about anyone using one of those programs (or other legal software) to helps anyone else complete any kind of legal document. While the laws are designed to protect people, it certainly seems like it can go too far in cases like this one.
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