Massachusetts Bar Task Force to Define the Practice of Law
- Case Date: 2/10/2005
- Project Name: Civil Justice Reform
WLF filed comments on February 10, 2005, with the Massachusetts Bar's Task Force to Define the Practice of Law in Massachusetts in opposition to the Task Force's proposed new definition of the "practice of law." WLF is concerned that if the proposal is adopted, it would expand the scope of the legal monopoly held by attorneys in Massachusetts. WLF asked the Task Force to withdraw the proposal because it would excessively limit the freedom of consumers and businesses to rely on non-attorneys for tasks that have long been performed by non-attorneys such as human resources professionals, architects and contractors, real estate agents, and accountants and tax preparers. In addition, WLF noted that the proposed rule would create uncertainty as to the legal status of software that gives legal advice or assembles legal documents. The Task Force's proposal has previously been criticized by the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission for its anti-competitive effects.
More Information and Downloads:
2/10/2005: Download the Comments
Press Release: WLF Opposes Mass. Proposal To Expand Attorneys’ Monopoly