Non-Atty Debtor Advice Co. Safe from New York Lawsuits

By Emily Lever (May 25, 2022, 4:24 p.m. EDT) — The nonprofit legal association Upsolve will be allowed to provide advice to low-income debtors without fear of prosecution for practicing law without a license, a federal judge in New York, saying the organization’s activity is speech protected by the First Amendment.

New York State can’t crack down on Upsolve for dragging people to court by debt collectors, at least not while the nonprofit and Reverend John Udo-Okon pursue their underlying lawsuit challenging generally state law on who can practice law, U.S. District Judge Paul Crotty of the Southern District of New York ordered. Although Upsolve provides legal advice, it has…

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