Legal Zoom and “Real Advice”

Posted On Mar 3 2017 by

Legal Zoom is advertising “real advice.”  That sounds like it is “practicing law.”  What is the Washington Supreme Court going to do?  Maybe it will create a special license which allows Legal Zoom to provide limited practice services. I wonder whether there can be corporate members of the New Washington State Bar Association of 2017.  APR 29 Legal Zoom.

Unauthorized Practice of Law — Minnesota v. Colorado Attorney Helping In-laws

Posted On Sep 2 2016 by

In late August, 2016, the Minnesota Supreme Court admonished a Colorado lawyer for helping his in-laws regarding a judgment against them by a condominium association.  The judgment was about $2,500.  The Colorado lawyer corresponded with the Minnesota lawyer representing the association.  The Minnesota attorney filed a complaint.  The bar and the Minnesota Supreme court held that the communications with the Minnesota attorney by the Colorado attorney about his in-law’s judgment consisted of the unauthorized practice of law.  Minn. High Court Scolds Colo. Atty for In-Laws Case.  The decision can be found here — Case A15-2078, Supreme Court of the State …

The Costs of the WSBA Discipline System

Posted On Feb 8 2016 by

There are 35,000 members of the WSBA. About 100 or so are disciplined each year — that’s a paltry .0028 % of the 35,000 members. The WSBA pays about $5,000,000 a year to achieve this result – that is about 48% of the WSBA’s lawyer license revenue in a fiscal year. That’s about $50,000 on average per disciplined member per year. The cost to the individual on the other side of the WSBA Washington Lawyer Discipline System equation might be as much as $250,000 together with the impact to the lawyer’s reputation. — “What others believe or have opinions generally held about someone or something.”


Posted On Feb 7 2016 by

As a bar association (forced) we find something we dislike and punish a member whose conduct in the past is like what we dislike today.

Steve Marrival — Bar Complaint against Pierce County Prosecutor and six deputy prosecutors

Posted On Aug 5 2015 by

Steve Marrival, a deputy prosecuting attorney, has filed a whistleblower complaint with the state Attorney General’s office against county Prosecutor Mark Lindquist and a complaint with the Washington Bar Association against Lindquist and six deputy prosecutors. Photo: Ted S. Warren, AP The Associated Press reports that Deputy Prosecutor, Steve Marrival filed a complaint listing 85 cases of prosecutor misconduct since 2000 in Pierce County.

Texas — 8 Texas lawyers & 3 judges disciplined

Posted On Jul 17 2014 by

Houston Legal, a lawyer blog in Houston, Texas, which is part of the Houston Chronicle, reports that 8 Texas lawyers & 3 judges disciplined have recently been disciplined.  The reports do not describe the conduct which formed the exact basis for the ethics violations.