If the Land is Here, You May be Practicing Law Here: UPL and Ethics Issues in Multi-State Real Estate Closings, By Norman M. Powell, Esquire*


Law firms and title companies throughout the country conduct and facilitate complex, multi-state real estate closings. They often do so from main offices, national accounts offices, or other central locations. But they may face charges of unauthorized practice of law, and their inhouse counsel may be charged with violating ethics rules, if any of the real estate is located in certain jurisdictions.

Some jurisdictions regulate certain aspects of the real estate transaction as the practice of law, and prosecute non-lawyers for violations.

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