CT Senate Bill 829 | NNA

CT Senate Bill 829

Notary Law Update: CT Senate Bill 829

State: Connecticut

Summary:

SB 829 makes it a class D felony for anyone who engages in the unauthorized practice of law without having a license to practice law.

Signed:  May 30, 2013

Effective:  October 01, 2013

Chapter: Public Act No. 13-29

Affects:

Amends Section 51-88 of the Connecticut General Statutes

Changes:
  1. Prohibits any person from engaging in the unauthorized practice of law unless the person providing legal services pursuant to statute or rule of the superior court.
  2. Provides that it is a class D felony for a person to engage in the unauthorized practice of law. (Previously, it was a class C misdemeanor).
Analysis:
The bill generally increases the penalty for the unauthorized practice of law from a class C misdemeanor to a class D felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison, up to a $5,000 fine, or both. A class C misdemeanor is punishable by up to three months in prison, up to a $500 fine, or both.
 
Existing law prohibits anyone not admitted to the Connecticut bar from: (1) practicing law or appearing as an attorney for anyone else in any court in Connecticut; (2)making it a business to practice law or appear as an attorney for anyone else in any such court; (3) making it a business to solicit employment as an attorney; (4) holding oneself out to the public as being entitled to practice law; (5)
assuming the role of an attorney; (6) assuming, using, or advertising the title of lawyer, attorney and counselor-at-law, attorney-at-law, counselor-at-law, attorney, counselor, attorney and counselor, or an equivalent term, in a manner suggesting that he or she is a legal practitioner of law; and (7) advertising that he or she, either alone or with others, owns, conducts, or maintains a place of business of any kind for the practice of law.
 

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