Committees:  Unauthorized Practice of Law


It is the responsibility of the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee to investigate allegations of UPL via direct contact with complainants, attorneys, courts and the persons or corporations against whom the allegation has been advanced. The committee strives to prevent the unlawful practice of law for the purpose of protecting the public, by educating people that the unauthorized practice of law is a first degree misdemeanor in the State of Ohio and therefore punishable by both fines and imprisonment.  The committee also has the authority to initiate a Complaint with the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Commissioners on the Unauthorized Practice of Law seeking interim cease and desist orders, final orders prohibiting any such future conduct, as well as civil penalties.  The committee further endeavors to prevent UPL by informing individuals that inquiries, suspicions, or complaints can be directed to the Mahoning County Bar Association
Richard Wm. Machuga

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