Can I have someone stand in for me in a civil proceeding?

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Can I have someone stand in for me in a civil proceeding?

If I file a civil action against another party, can I have someone represent me in court along side my lawyer. Sort of like a proxy or a legal agent or something?

Asked on April 12, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Florida

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S.L,. Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Your attorney is your legal representative, who will represent you in court.  You can't have a non-attorney representing you with your attorney.  No attorney will agree to such an arrangement because it violates the rules of Professional Responsibility to have a non-attorney as co-counsel which would constitute the unauthorized practice of law.  It would also violate the rules of Professional Responsibility due to fee splitting between an attorney and a non-attorney.


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