A Miami company that offered services to fight traffic tickets was practicing law without authorization, The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
The founder of TIKD, Christopher Riley, is not a lawyer. Rather he created an app and a website in which people could upload photos of their tickets and the company would then hire a lawyer to fight them.
“As a nonlawyer, TIKD simply lacks the skill or training to ensure the quality of the legal services provided to the public through the licensed attorneys it contracts with, nor does it possess the ability to ensure compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct,” the court wrote.
TIKD is no longer a registered corporation in Florida. The state Division of Corporations revoked that status last month. TIKD’s website is down, its Twitter account has been suspended and its Facebook page hasn’t been updated since 2018. A number listed for Riley in previous corporate filings was disconnected.
Republished with permission of The Associated Press.
Larry Gillis, Libertarian (Cape Coral)
October 19, 2021 at 9:26 am
LIBERTARIANS SAY “NO” TO LICENSING OF LAWYERS:
In case you were wondering, the Libertarian Party of Florida has a position on licensing the practice of law: (2020 Platform, Part III,: Section 8):
“Attorney Licensing: The practice of law in Florida (like the practice of any other job, business or profession) should not require a state license from Florida Board of Bar Examiners (most of whose members have to be lawyers). The Bar Association must cease to be the official Florida organization to which all attorneys must belong. The legal profession must be opened to competition; its clients and purely private organizations should be the judges of the quality of attorney services.”
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