A lawyer may not employ a non-lawyer assistant to advise clients with respect to their legal rights


Law Lessons from Shapiro v. Rinaldi, App. Div., No. A-1753-14T4, March 18, 2016:

A lawyer may not employ a non-lawyer assistant to advise clients with respect to their legal rights. Michels, supra, ยง 40:11-2; see also Advisory Comm. Op. 296 (Supp.) (Feb. 12, 1976). Informing a potential client of deadlines to file a claim would clearly constitute “advis[ing] clients with respect to their legal rights.” See N.J. Comm. on Unauth. Pract. Op. 41 (Oct. 25, 2004) (“the practice of law includes … the giving of legal advice with regard to any document or matter.”).

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