Unauthorized Practice of Law

Practising law without a licence or insurance is called Unauthorized Practice of Law and is monitored vigorously by the Law Society of Alberta and self-governing regulators in other provinces.

Some legal matters can be performed unsupervised by paralegals, legal assistants and other legal agents. Only members of the Law Society can practise as lawyers. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions.

Laws exist to protect the public interest against non-lawyers who perform services that only qualified lawyers are allowed to provide. Action is taken against violators of these laws.

If you suspect that someone who is representing you as a lawyer is not qualified to do so, you are encouraged to report the details to the Law Society.