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Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law

The Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law of the Supreme Court of Ohio is established by Rule VII of the Supreme Court Rules for the Government of the Bar of Ohio and consists of 13 members who are appointed to a three-year term by the Supreme Court. The Board conducts hearings, preserves the record, and makes findings and recommendations to the Supreme Court in cases involving the alleged unauthorized practice of law.

The Board is also authorized to issue informal nonbinding advisory opinions on matters concerning the unauthorized practice of law.

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Advisory Opinion FAQ

The Board may issue informal, nonbinding advisory opinion letters to any regularly organized bar association in Ohio or the Office of Disciplinary Counsel.

The Board may issue an advisory opinion letter in response to prospective or hypothetical questions of public or great general interest regarding the application of Gov.Bar R. VII and the unauthorized practice of law. The Board shall not issue an advisory opinion letter in response to a request concerning a question that is pending before a court or a question of interest only to the person making the request.

The request should include information and details sufficient to enable adequate consideration and determination of eligibility under Gov.Bar R. VII.

The request should be sent in writing to the Secretary of the Board at the following address:

The Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215.3431

No; the Board has discretion to decline to issue an opinion letter.

You should contact the Secretary of the Board at the following address:

Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
65 South Front Street, 7th Floor
Columbus, Ohio 43215.3431

614.387.9327 (telephone)
614.387.9529 (facsimile)

Contact Information

Board on the Unauthorized Practice of Law
Supreme Court of Ohio
65 South Front Street, 5th Floor
Columbus, OH 43215-3431

Secretary to the Board:
Bradley Martinez, Esq.

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