October 17, 2018 Top Story

Attorneys Permitted to Ghostwrite Pleadings for Pro Se Litigants

Ethics opinion permits ghostwriting without disclosing assistance to court or opponent

Martha L. Kohlstrand

Lawyers are permitted to ghostwrite pleadings for otherwise self-represented litigants and need not disclose that assistance to opposing counsel or the court.

An ethics opinion from the Mississippi Bar Association (MBA) reflects changing attitudes towards the practice of ghostwriting and may increase access to justice in underserved communities, say ABA Section of Litigation leaders.

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