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Can a non attorney represent a friend in court in California

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Can a non attorney represent a friend in court in California using a Power of Attorney?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Legal
Expert:  Barrister replied 1 year ago.
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"" Can a non attorney represent a friend in court in California using a Power of Attorney?""
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No, in order to represent someone in court, the person has to be a licensed attorney. If someone without a license to practice law attempts to represent someone, even with a POA, they can be charged with "unauthorized practice of law". The only other way someone can be represented in court is if they represent themselves.
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