Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Comment on the ghostwriting opinion

Here is a link to a short comment critical of the opinion on ghostwriting I mentioned in my previous post. It concludes as follows:

Should lawyers "ghost write" for pro se litigants, why not include the legend "prepared with the assistance of Joe Smith, an attorney duly admitted to practice law in the State of New York?" It's true. It's accurate. It holds Smitty, the lawyer who got paid, responsible for his work. And when Smitty's client screws it all up and comes back to blame Smitty for his failure to advise his pro se client that he didn't have a clue what he was doing or what services he needed, maybe Smitty will think twice before cashing that check for $37,52.No, the law is not all about finding new ways for lawyers to make small change at the expense of layfolks who don't know better.

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