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I’m an Iowa lawyer, and I want to hire a non-lawyer to assist me with my practice. Could this be aiding and abetting the unauthorized practice of law?

Perhaps. UPL can occur in various forms. Most frequently, UPL is found when a non-lawyer holds themselves out as an attorney. But UPL can also be found when a licensed attorney aids or abets a non-lawyer practicing law in Iowa. Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:5.3 describes a lawyer's responsibilities regarding non-lawyer assistants. Comment 2 to Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:5.5 provides that a lawyer is not prohibited “from employing the services of paraprofessionals and delegating functions to them, so long as the lawyer supervises the delegated work and retains responsibility for their work."

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