Supreme Court of Florida
355 So.2d 1186 (1978)
Marilyn Brumbaugh (defendant) operated a business in Florida called Marilyn’s Secretarial Service, in which she performed typing services for do-it-yourself divorces, wills, resumes, and bankruptcies. Brumbaugh, who was not licensed to practice law, prepared legal documents for her customers in uncontested marriage dissolutions, and advised the customers regarding the costs and procedures that needed to be followed in order to obtain marriage dissolution. Brumbaugh charged her clients $50 for her services. Brumbaugh did not provide her customers with blank forms, but typed the documents herself after obtaining information from her customers. The Florida Bar (plaintiff) filed a petition charging Brumbaugh with engaging in the unauthorized practice of law, and sought an injunction prohibiting Brumbaugh from engaging in the allegedly unlawful acts. A referee appointed by the Supreme Court of Florida determined that Brumbaugh had engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Brumbaugh objected to the referee’s findings, arguing that her civil rights had been violated and that she had been denied the right to make an honest living.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Per Curiam)
Concurrence (Karl, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 97,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Vanderbilt, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students. Read our student testimonials.
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students. Read more about Quimbee.
Here's why 221,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 14,100 briefs, keyed to 189 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.