LegalZoom, the online legal document provider, has settled its lawsuit against the North Carolina State Bar Association. In June 2015, LegalZoom sued the North Carolina Bar Association based on the Sherman Act, alleging that the association maintained an unlawful monopoly by refusing to register its prepaid legal plans. The suit followed accusations by the bar association that LegalZoom was engaged in the unauthorized practice of law in North Carolina. Under the agreement concluded between the parties, LegalZoom will have licensed attorneys review its templates and will provide access to the text of forms to customers before purchase. The company also will provide a disclaimer that its documents are no substitute for advice from an attorney. For its part, the bar association will seek to clarify ambiguous language used in North Carolina’s statutes governing the unauthorized practice of law.
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