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Florida Bar v. Matus

Supreme Court of Florida
528 So.2d 895 (1988)


Francisco J. Matus (defendant) owned a company that provided immigration services in Florida. In 1987, an investigator from the Florida Bar visited Matus’ offices and found displayed there various diplomas and degrees from Nicaragua, as well as a State of Florida Notary Public Appointment. Matus’ business card, which was in Spanish, represented Matus as a general immigration service offering different types of visas, political asylum, and residency. The investigator indicated to Matus that he wanted to obtain residence status for his girlfriend, as well as an extension of a tourist visa and help with obtaining permanent residence status. Matus told the investigator that he could perform all of these services for a fee. The Florida Bar then petitioned to enjoin Matus from the unauthorized practice of law, because he was not authorized by either federal law or the Immigration and Naturalization Service to perform immigration services.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Barkett, J.)

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