Although law has been published largely throughout the nation so that anyone was acquainted, only lawyer may give advice that can help you improve legal situation.
From a legal standpoint, the giving of legal consultancy is tantamount to the practice of law, and only a licensed attorney with whom one has formed an attorney-client relationship with may give actual legal consultancy. Because of the obligations that arise from the giving of such legal consultancy, the advice-giver is also bound to certain rights and responsibilities as a result of the information given. In addition, actual legal consultancy requires careful analysis of the law as it applies to your own specific situation - as opposed to speculation based on generic facts.
Advice from friends or family does not constitute legal consultancy. True legal advice forms an agreement between an attorney and his or her client based on a particular legal matter the client is experiencing.
Legal Consultancy has the following characteristics:
- Requires legal knowledge, skill, education and judgment
- Applies specific law to a particular set of circumstances
- Affects legal rights or responsibilities of someone
- Creates rights and responsibilities in the advice-giver
Unlike legal information - such as information posted on a street sign - legal consultancy proposes a specific course of action a client should take. For instance, it is the difference between telling someone what to do (consultancy) as opposed to how to do it (legal information).
Examples that do not constitute actual legal advice:
- Legal information obtained from free online legal websites, including a law firm or website of attorney
- Advice from friends, family members, or former clients of a lawyer
- Information you hear on the radio
- Information you read on social media websites
- Information you see in news periodicals or on billboards
Depending on the situation, legal consultancy and legal information can both be useful. While some situations require the advice of an attorney - such as filing a lawsuit or defending criminal charges - other situations may simply warrant obtaining legal information. Read Practice Area Definitions for legal information about a particular topic, or search for a lawyer in your area to get legal consultancy about a specific legal matter.
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