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Prosecuting the Unauthorized Practice of Law (UPL)

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The Attorney General's Office can file civil lawsuits against individuals and companies engaged in the unauthorized practice of law.

Some of these cases involve people who are not licensed attorneys but who provide legal advice for a fee and/or attempt to represent clients in court. Other cases involve individuals and companies that prepare legal forms or documents to be used and signed by people representing themselves in legal matters.

If you know of an individual or business that may be practicing law without a license, please file a complaint with the Attorney General's Office. A complaint form may be found at the link below.

To find out whether a person is licensed to practice law in Tennessee, search the Board of Professional Responsibility of the Supreme Court of Tennessee’s website. The Administrative Office of the Court’s Self-Help Center provides additional information about the court system.

Judgment Reached in Unauthorized Practice of Law Case

Martha Salazar, who was doing business as Comunidad Hispana in South Nashville, is permanently enjoined from practicing law without a license and must refund consumers for services that she has performed, a Circuit Court has ordered. Davidson County Judge Amanda McClendon has entered the Agreed Final Judgment that will permanently stop Salazar from violating unauthorized practice of law statutes and consumer protection laws at the request of Tennessee Attorney General Bob Cooper's Office. The action, filed on behalf of the Division of Consumer Affairs, prohibits Salazar from advertising or providing legal services, in addition to providing restitution to those who used her services and timely file a complaint by the deadline of April 15, the Salazar release or the Salazar release in Spanish.