Lawyers are called counselors or counsel, because they advise clients as to what is best to do. In addition to giving advice, attorneys also represent the plaintiff or the defendant as their agent in court. To protect the public, only licensed attorneys are allowed to give legal advice or represent other people in court. Even though regular people give each other legal advice all the time, it’s actually prohibited by law. It’s unusual for someone who gave casual advice to be prosecuted for it, but it can happen. There’s no requirement that a person use an attorney in court or get advice from a lawyer about a legal situation. People are free to use their own judgment about how to proceed in any situation, including a conflict under the ...

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