Practice Tools

ISBA Ethics Opinions on Unauthorized Practice of Law


  • Solicitation of personal injury cases in Illinois by non-Illinois licensed lawyer : 14-04
  • In-house corporate lawyer may not provide legal services to the corporate employer's customers : 14-03
  • Practicing immigration law in Illinois by non-Illinois admitted lawyer : 13-08
  • Nonlawyer's representation of parties to a FINRA arbitration : 13-03
  • Non Illinois licensed lawyer representing party in Illinois arbitration proceeding : 12-17
  • Non-Illinois lawyer partnering with Illinois lawyer in Illinois and advising clients on Illinois law : 12-09
  • Third party vendor lawyer promotion (advertising) and compensation : 06-02
  • Lawyer negotiating accident related medical claims in jurisdiction in which not licensed : 02-04
  • Corporation providing legal services : 97-03
  • Private practice in the name of a nonlawyer owned corporation : 96-04
  • Improper for nonlawyer to provide assistance or advice in completing corporate documents such as articles of incorporation : 95-07
  • Client referrals from nonlawyer in exchange for payments : 94-08
  • Drafting documents but delegating legal advice on those documents to nonlawyers : 94-01
  • Nonlawyer representatives in Illinois Department of Employment Hearings : 93-15
  • Lawyer hired by third party : 93-11
  • Representation of client after client advised by nonlawyer : 92-20
  • Participation in review of nonlawyer prepared financial and estate planning documents : 91-10
  • Lawyer preparing estate documents for members of not-for-profit organization : 90-35
  • Lawyer employed by business preparing Revocable Living Trusts : 90-20
  • Nonlawyer preparing revocable trust documents and/or initiating contact with potential clients for lawyer : 90-19
  • Financial institution preparing land trust or deed : 90-13
  • Collection agency employing nonlawyer, or utilizing law firm paralegal, to answer inquiries from the collection agency’s office in the name of a law firm : 88-08
  • Lawyer taking direction from client’s agent real estate broker : 87-02
  • Use of law firm letterhead by client with lawyer review and approval : 86-08
  • Law firm providing letterhead to client : 85-07
  • Use of lay intermediaries : 707
  • Law firm employing nonlawyer collective bargaining professional : 684