Connecticut introduces Bill to prevent off-shoring of legal process work

February 7, 2011 The State of Connecticut has introduced a Bill, prohibiting the outsourcing of the drafting, review or analysis of legal documents. The Bill proposes that the practice of law includes drafting, reviewing, or analyzing legal documents for clients in the State of Connecticut and any person who performs such acts and has not been admitted as an attorney in Connecticut will be committing the offense of the unauthorized practice of law.

The Bill proposes to prevent foreign law firms and corporates from off-shoring the drafting, reviewing and analysing of legal documents to workers overseas. This could impact the Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) sector in India. The statement of purpose of the Bill, clearly states that outsourcing of legal document review to non-attorneys constitutes the unauthorized practice of law.


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