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Unauthorized Practice of Law

Only a licensed attorney should give you advice regarding how to handle your case, what remedies you can and should seek, and many times, even what forms to use to seek those remedies.  Receiving the wrong help could seriously and negatively hurt your legal rights, your pocketbook, and your life. Please click here to learn more about how only people with a license to practice law should be guiding you through your legal process.

If you suspect that you or someone you know has been the victim of an individual practicing law without a license, you are strongly urged to file a written complaint with the State Bar of Nevada, Office of Bar Counsel.

You can download an Unauthorized Practice of Law Complaint Form.

The unauthorized practice of law in this state is a crime.  However, charges of criminal misconduct are the sole purview of the District Attorney.  As such, the State Bar can only make a referral to the District Attorney for potential criminal prosecution.

The State Bar can and will issue Cease and Desist Notices where appropriate.  The Cease and Desist Notice is designed to put the offender on notice of the violative activity and give them a chance to discontinue the prohibited activity.

The State Bar does have standing to bring a civil suit which seeks to prohibit an individual from engaging in the actions which constitute the unauthorized practice of law.  The injunction is viewed by the Court as a remedy of last resort.  You should note that the State Bar’s decision in this matter does not affect any private civil remedy available to you under the law.

In Southern Nevada please contact:

State Bar of Nevada Office of Bar Counsel
3100 W. Charleston Blvd., Suite 100, Las Vegas, NV 89102
TEL (702) 382-2200 or (800) 254-2797 FAX (702) 382-8747


In Northern Nevada please contact:


State Bar of Nevada Office of Bar Counsel
9456 Double R Blvd. Suite B, Reno, NV 89521
TEL (775) 329-4100 FAX (775) 329-0522


State Bar of NV

Our mission is to govern the legal profession, to serve our members, and to protect the public interest.

State Bar of Nevada
3100 W. Charleston Blvd.
Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV 89102
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