posted 3 years ago
I'm not a lawyer phrase or this is not legal advice doesn’t have any legal effect unless the legal advice has the following characteristics: -Requires legal knowledge, skill, education and judgment -Applies specific law to a particular set of circumstances -Affects someone's legal rights or responsibilities -Creates rights and responsibilities in the advice-giver If the advice you give meets these criteria then it is legal advice. However, if you are clear that you are not a lawyer and that you are not giving legal advice then this undermines the characteristics above. That is, what would be legal advice without such a disclaimer may lose that characteristic if the disclaimer is genuinely given in particular circumstances. Context matters: "this is not legal advice " is not a disclaimer and doesn't turn legal advice into not legal advice. Ultimately, if you're not a lawyer and giving legal advice you would be accused of unauthorised practice of law that is prohibited by regulations and court rules.