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Representation of statutory entities by lawyers in certain municipal proceedings

The Missouri Supreme Court recently reiterated that statutory entities—corporations, LLCs, limited partnerships, etc.— must be represented by licensed attorneys in judicial proceedings. Naylor Senior Citizens Housing, LP v. Side Construction Co., Inc., 423 S.W.3d 238 (Mo. 2014). Accordingly, your city may wish to explore options to ensure that such entities are represented by counsel in adjudicatory municipal proceedings (such as appeals to the board of adjustment) where appropriate and necessary. City Prosecutors may also want to raise and preserve unauthorized practice of law issues in municipal court proceedings.

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