Complaints of the unauthorized practice of law (UPL) are reviewed by the State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel (OCTC).
Complaints from outside parties and matters that the State Bar initiates itself which allege UPL by a nonattorney are then investigated by the State Bar's dedicated UPL team.
Where the investigation uncovers an isolated instance of UPL, OCTC sends a "Cease and Desist" (CND) letter. Recent CND letters appear in this section. The CND letter serves as a warning and puts the respondent on notice that certain services/actions may violate the law and constitute the unauthorized practice of law.
Complaints raising repeated or multiple violations do not receive a CND letter, but may result in the State Bar taking action in Superior Court to obtain order to shut down the unlawful law practice.