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6-6-503

TITLE 6 CIVIL PRACTICE.

CHAPTER 6 REMEDIES.

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Section 6-6-503 Enjoining unauthorized or unlawful practice of profession, occupation, or calling.

(a) The unauthorized or unlawful practice of any profession, occupation or calling by any person, firm, or corporation may be enjoined by any court of competent jurisdiction on complaint brought in the name of any public body or officer having authority conferred by statute to regulate or to license the activity engaged in by such person, firm, or corporation.

(b) The provisions of this section are cumulative. The authority conferred by the section is in addition to and supplementary to all other statutes, civil and criminal, dealing with the subject matter of this section. The section shall apply retrospectively and prospectively.

(Acts 1967, No. 509, p. 1225.)

34-3-1

TITLE 34 PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES.

CHAPTER 3 ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.

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Section 34-3-1 Unlawful practice of law.

If any person shall, without having become duly licensed to practice, or whose license to practice shall have expired either by disbarment, failure to pay his license fee within 30 days after the day it becomes due, or otherwise, practice or assume to act or hold himself out to the public as a person qualified to practice or carry on the calling of a lawyer, he shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined not to exceed $500.00, or be imprisoned for a period not to exceed six months, or both.

(Acts 1923, No. 133, p. 100; Code 1923, §3318; Acts 1931, No. 241, p. 284; Code 1940, T. 46, §31.)

34-3-6

TITLE 34 PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES.

CHAPTER 3 ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.

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Section 34-3-6 Who may practice as attorneys.

(a) Only such persons as are regularly licensed have authority to practice law.

(b) For the purposes of this chapter, the practice of law is defined as follows:

Whoever,

(1) In a representative capacity appears as an advocate or draws papers, pleadings or documents, or performs any act in connection with proceedings pending or prospective before a court or a body, board, committee, commission or officer constituted by law or having authority to take evidence in or settle or determine controversies in the exercise of the judicial power of the state or any subdivision thereof; or

(2) For a consideration, reward or pecuniary benefit, present or anticipated, direct or indirect, advises or counsels another as to secular law, or draws or procures or assists in the drawing of a paper, document or instrument affecting or relating to secular rights; or

(3) For a consideration, reward or pecuniary benefit, present or anticipated, direct or indirect, does any act in a representative capacity in behalf of another tending to obtain or secure for such other the prevention or the redress of a wrong or the enforcement or establishment of a right; or

(4) As a vocation, enforces, secures, settles, adjusts or compromises defaulted, controverted or disputed accounts, claims or demands between persons with neither of whom he is in privity or in the relation of employer and employee in the ordinary sense;

is practicing law.

(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed to prohibit any person, firm or corporation from attending to and caring for his or its own business, claims or demands, nor from preparing abstracts of title, certifying, guaranteeing or insuring titles to property, real or personal, or an interest therein, or a lien or encumbrance thereon, but any such person, firm or corporation engaged in preparing abstracts of title, certifying, guaranteeing or insuring titles to real or personal property are prohibited from preparing or drawing or procuring or assisting in the drawing or preparation of deeds, conveyances, mortgages and any paper, document or instrument affecting or relating to secular rights, which acts are hereby defined to be an act of practicing law, unless such person, firm or corporation shall have a proprietary interest in such property; however, any such person, firm or corporation so engaged in preparing abstracts of title, certifying, guaranteeing or insuring titles shall be permitted to prepare or draw or procure or assist in the drawing or preparation of simple affidavits or statements of fact to be used by such person, firm or corporation in support of its title policies, to be retained in its files and not to be recorded.

(Code 1852, §729; Code 1867, §816; Code 1876, §780; Code 1886, §853; Code 1896, §579; Code 1907, §2983; Code 1923, §6248; Acts 1927, No. 573, p. 669; Acts 1931, No. 493, p. 606, §1; Code 1940, T. 46, §42; Acts 1949, No. 167, p. 194, §1.)

34-3-7
TITLE 34 PROFESSIONS AND BUSINESSES.
CHAPTER 3 ATTORNEY-AT-LAW.

Section 34-3-7 Penalty for practicing law without license or conspiring, aiding, or abetting in violation.      Any person, firm or corporation who is not a regularly licensed attorney who does an act defined in this article to be an act of practicing law is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, must be punished as provided by law. Any person, firm or corporation who conspires with, aids and abets another person, firm or corporation in the commission of such misdemeanor must, on conviction, be punished as provided by law.

      (Code 1852, §729; Code 1867, §816; Code 1876, §780; Code 1886, §853; Code 1896, §579; Code 1907, §2983; Code 1923, §6248; Acts 1927, No. 573, p. 669; Acts 1931, No. 493, p. 606, §3; Code 1940, T. 46, §42; Acts 1949, No. 167, p. 194, §1.)


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