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      RS 37:213     


§213.  Persons, professional associations, professional corporations, and limited liability companies entitled to practice law; penalty for unlawful practice

A.  No natural person, who has not first been duly and regularly licensed and admitted to practice law by the supreme court of this state, no corporation or voluntary association except a professional law corporation organized pursuant to Chapter 8 of Title 12 of the Revised Statutes, and no partnership or limited liability company except one formed for the practice of law and composed of such natural persons, corporations, voluntary associations, or limited liability companies, all of whom are duly and regularly licensed and admitted to the practice of law, shall:

(1)  Practice law.

(2)  Furnish attorneys or counsel or an attorney and counsel to render legal services.

(3)  Hold himself or itself out to the public as being entitled to practice law.

(4)  Render or furnish legal services or advice.

(5)  Assume to be an attorney at law or counselor at law.

(6)  Assume, use, or advertise the title of lawyer, attorney, counselor, advocate or equivalent terms in any language, or any phrase containing any of these titles in such manner as to convey the impression that he is a practitioner of law.

(7)  In any manner advertise that he, either alone or together with any other person, has, owns, conducts, or maintains an office of any kind for the practice of law.

B.  This Section does not prevent any corporation or voluntary association formed for benevolent or charitable purposes and recognized by law from furnishing an attorney at law to give free assistance to persons without means.

C.  Any natural person who violates any provision of this Section shall be fined not more than one thousand dollars or imprisoned for not more than two years, or both.

D.  Any partnership, corporation, or voluntary association which violates this Section shall be fined not more than five thousand dollars.  Every officer, trustee, director, agent, or employee of a corporation or voluntary association who, directly or indirectly, engages in any act violating any provision of this Section or assists the corporation or voluntary association in the performance of any such violation is subject to the penalties prescribed in this Section for violations by a natural person.

Acts 1964, No. 357, §1; Acts 1990, No. 841, §1; Acts 1993, No. 475, §6, eff. June 9, 1993; Acts 2001, No. 835, §1.

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