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    Adios, Mofo J-McKech's Avatar
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    HUGE law debate question with friend

    Alright, I got into with a friend of mine. She's says she can have ANYONE she chooses to represent her in a court of law, it doesn't have to be a lawyer. It was my understanding that only an attorney who has passed his bar exam who dispense legal advice and thus represent an indiviual. This conversation went on and on and it digressed into her saying she could have someone do surgery on her even though they weren't a doctor but I'm pretty sure thats againest the law as well. Only a licensed doctor could perform surgery. Can anyone shed some light on this and some proof would be awesome. I'd love to shut her up.
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    over here we have something called the "supreme court rules" and "the supreme court act" that deals with these sorts of things. I'm sure you guys have it too for texas. try an online law site like Lexis Nexis and read the legislation.
    That's a lie.

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    I think you can use a stundent under the supervision of a lawyer. I don't think you can pick any tom dick or harry.

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    I'm not a Lawyer, nor do I represent one on the Internet I believe your friend is wrong. An individual may represent themselves in court (Pro Se representation) but I do not believe one has the right to have anyone they want represent them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZackJones
    I'm not a Lawyer, nor do I represent one on the Internet I believe your friend is wrong. An individual may represent themselves in court (Pro Se representation) but I do not believe one has the right to have anyone they want represent them.
    Does that mean you're allowed to do surgery on yourself too then?
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    In California, like most civilized jurisdictions, only a licensed attorney may represent another in a court. A person may represent himself, but as Abraham Lincoln said, he has a fool for a client.

    I don't know about Texas. I suppose it's whatever Judge Roy Bean says.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister
    Does that mean you're allowed to do surgery on yourself too then?
    I don't see why not. Much in the same way that i'm allowed to treat my own wounds, or beat myself senselessly over the head with a handlebar...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister
    Does that mean you're allowed to do surgery on yourself too then?
    I dug out an ingrown toe nail with the knife on my multi-tool once. It wasn't pretty, and the resultant infection and even bigger puss filled blister wasn't pretty to pop either. But here I am, ingrown toenail gone and i've only lost feeling in half my toe.

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    nice slvoid

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    She is wrong, only a lawyer can REPRESENT someone in the court of law. A person can represent themselves but that is totally different. I know this cause I'm a Paralegal in a lawfirm and we as a Paralegal cannot be on record as representing someone. You have to have a law degree. I cannot give advice either. So tell her sorry but she is wrong.

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    Ditto. I worked in a law firm for years. Attorneys have licenses to practice law, and without your license, you cannot practice law. People can represent themselves in court, but they can't get some fool off the street with no license to represent them in court. Attorneys are specialized, they went to school, and they got licenses. Without a license, they are not even allowed to practice, which is why it's so important for them to keep up with their license fees and maintaining their license. I had to go to court once because my attorney was running late and the client was about to go before the judge. I stood with the client, and when the judge asked who I was, and I told him I was the paralegal, he totally dismissed me. I couldn't even talk for my attorney, who luckily, arrived just in time to take over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allister
    Does that mean you're allowed to do surgery on yourself too then?
    Yes, absolutely. My family has a long history in the medical career field and if I need assistance during the procedure I'll call my sister.
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