Similar issues in other States have been noted on our forums over the past few years involving the "unauthorized practice of law". It seems like there is a subtle movement to enforce or create laws that carve out captive markets for lawyers in the real estate field.
Living on the "Left Coast" I'm continually surprised when the hippie-dippys in our State have not rushed to be the first in such matters. After all, California regulates more professions (54 by last count) than any other single state. A great example of the convoluted nature of such codes is the Business & Professions Code regulg Private Investigators which would, on first read, suggest that nobody can search public records, until you get down to the last, buried exception in the code which is the exclusion for public records research. The code is a long read to get to a simple punch line (like this post of mine, eh? lol).
Anyway, it seems to me that, like any corporate lawyer will do, a simple reading of the code often suffices to show that such things leak like sieves for all the exceptions and poorly worded sections built into them
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