In Missouri a corporation can only appear in court by an attorney.


A corporation of any kind, that is a true corporation or a limited liability corporation (in fact a not for profit) may only appear in any court or administrative agency in Missouri by an attorney.

This is because Missouri has a strict prohibition against the unlawful practice of law by unnatural persons.

As a practical matter courts and administrative agencies will not raise the matter sua sponte; it is the duty of opposing counsel to raise the issue to the tribunal.

While there is no clear opinion on the matter it may be a violation of the disciplinary rules for counsel to fail or refuse to raise the issue.

Where a mandatory appearance or pleading is required; an appearance or filing by a non-lawyer renders the corporation in default under the logic that the corporation is not there.

There are no know exceptions to the rule.

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Reference Info:Decision | State, 8th Circuit, Missouri | United States

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