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Perry has been working as a bankruptcy paralegal for three years for the same firm. He interviews clients, prepares bankruptcy forms, arranges for these forms to be filed, communicates with the clients, and sees their cases through to the end. As most cases only require one appearance by a lawyer, Perry does ninety percent of the work on each case.

His supervising lawyer reviews his work, but as of the last year, never has to make any corrections. When Perryâ??s supervising lawyer takes a four-month medical leave of absence, Perry continues working. He prepares a lawyer (unfamiliar with bankruptcy cases) to make the required appearances. The clients and the firm are happy with Perryâ??s work so far.

Has Perry committed any ethical violations? If so, how? What about the supervising lawyer?
What would you do differently if you were Perry?

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Perry has been acting as an attorney and probably has been giving legal advice to clients, which is qualified as the unauthorized practice of law. This is not only unethical but illegal as well. Ethically, while Perry may think he knows all there is about bankruptcy law, there ...

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Perry has been working as a bankruptcy paralegal for three years for the same firm. He interviews clients, prepares bankruptcy forms, arranges for these forms to be filed, communicates with the clients, and sees their cases through to the end. As most cases only require one appearance by a lawyer, Perry does ninety percent of the work on each case.

His supervising lawyer reviews his work, but as of the last year, never has to make any corrections. When Perryâ??s supervising lawyer takes a four-month medical leave of absence, Perry continues working. He prepares a lawyer (unfamiliar with bankruptcy cases) to make the required appearances. The clients and the firm are happy with Perryâ??s work so far.

Has Perry committed any ethical violations? If so, how? What about the supervising lawyer?
What would you do differently if you were Perry?

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