giving legal advice
Posted Apr 15, 2011 22:29 UTC (Fri) by giraffedata
In reply to: Project Harmony decloaks
Parent article: Project Harmony decloaks
I'M NOT GIVING LEGAL ADVICE
Sure you are. What else would you call it?
But there's nothing wrong with a nonlawyer giving legal advice. If there were, pretty much everyone would be in trouble.
What you're trying to avoid, because you aren't licensed for it, is practicing law. Giving legal advice is practicing law when you do it in a way that someone could think he's getting professional advice. Having said you're not a lawyer, you've completely covered your ass. But you wasted your time even on that sentence, because nobody has a right to assume a comment from a stranger in a forum like this is professional advice.
Actual lawyers have to be a little more careful in making sure people can separate their professional advice from their other legal advice (because the former carries liability for correctness), but not much. It's usually pretty obvious when you haven't engaged a lawyer.
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